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The Stolen Base Record for Catchers

The Question: My husband is a sports trivia enthusiast and wants to know who holds the all-time record for stolen bases by a catcher? The Answer: Buck Ewing, who …

Brewer's: Rye-house Plot

A conspiracy to assassinate Charles II. and his brother James on their way from Newmarket. As the house in which the king was lodging accidentally caught fire, the royal party left eight da…

Brewer's: Bow-catcher

(A ). A corruption of “Beau Catcher,” a love-curl, termed by the French an accroche coeur. A love-curl worn by a man is a Bell-rope, i.e. a rope to pull the belles with. Sourc…

J.D. Salinger

Jerome David Salinger wrote The Catcher in the Rye, the classic 20th-century novel of disaffected youth. Salinger started publishing short stories in the 1940s, in magazines like the Saturday Evening …

Clifton Hillegass 2001 Deaths

Clifton HillegassAge: 83 publisher who created Cliffs Notes, the popular series of study guides to literature. The yellow-and-black-covered books have been used by millions of students for a c…

Stealing First

The Question: Is it legal to steal first base? The Answer: No. You can't do that. There are seven ways to legally reach first base: Hit Error …

Banned Books

From Harriet the Spy to The Catcher in the Rye by Borgna Brunner Banned Book Week (Sept. 25–Oct. 1, 2016) Harry Potter Banned? Caldecott Medal Winners Ne…

The 100 Best Characters in Fiction Since 1900

Book Magazine, now defunct, compiled a panel of 55 authors, literary agents, editors, and actors in 2002 to “rank the top one hundred characters in literature since 1900.”Jay Ga…

Mike Piazza

Mike Piazza is the durable All-Star catcher and power hitter who was elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame in 2016. Mike Piazza was never a sure thing: he was drafted in the 62nd round of the 1988 amat…

Lawrence Peter “Yogi” Berra

Name at birth: Lawrence Peter BerraYogi Berra was the Hall of Fame baseball player-coach-manager who, as catcher and clutch hitter, anchored the New York Yankees during their championships of the 1940…