Writers Bloc: Back to the future


Updated: June 6, 2003, 9:30 AM ET
By Jim Baker
  • What really happened on September 19, 1968 between Denny McLain and Mickey Mantle during The Mick's last visit to Detroit? Ernie Harwell, writing in the Detroit Free Press, has the story.

  • What was it like to face Sandy Koufax in front of 90,000 people in the World Series? On the occasion of the White Sox playing the Dodgers this weekend -- just as it was in the '59 Series -- Bob Vanderberg of the Chicago Tribune talks to former Sox outfielder Jim McAnany about the experience. It was the last time the White Sox made it all the way to the Series.

  • How did we arrive at this point in history where the strike zone has become a battlefield? Leonard Koppett of the Seattle Post-Intelligencer takes us through the development of the strike zone throughout baseball's history and traces the evolution of the problems that face the game today regarding the calling of balls and strikes. This is part one of a two-part series.
    Jim Baker is an author at Baseball Prospectus and a frequent contributor to Page 2. You can e-mail Jim at