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Showing posts from October, 2014

The Game


People ask me what I do in winter when there's no baseball. I'll tell you what I do. 
I stare out the window and wait for spring.-Rogers Hornsby
    I READ ONE HUNDRED AND twenty volumes of United States Supreme court cases because I thought it was the most efficient use of my time doing five years in federal prison for bank fraud back in the 1980's. To be a great writer you have to read great writers, and while legal writing is not exactly classic literature, occasionally a work of art emerges, and this case is one of them. In one of the histories of the United States Supreme Court, I read that the Justices drew straws to decide who would write the opinion for the high court. One of the two biggest baseball fanatics won, Justice Harold Blackmun and Justice Potter Stewart, shared an obsessive following of baseball. In one oral argument on October 10, 1973, Stewart passed Blackmun a note that read, "V.P. AGN…