Wednesday, October 17, 2007

From Madonna to Keltner to James

Two of my passions – those who know me might say obsessions – are getting blended together in a most entertaining way, thanks to a couple of the best blogs out there. Those passions being rock music, and baseball.

The story begins at Undercover Black Man, with a post recounting David’s reaction to the next group of nominees for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It then continues in the comments section (which includes my own contributions), where folks weigh in on the class of ’08, and generally prove Lester Bangs’ adage that “we’ll never again agree on anything like we agreed on Elvis.”

But things get really interesting when a comment by Adam points to A List of Things Thrown Five Minutes Ago, where they are applying Bill James’ “Keltner Test” for the Baseball Hall of Fame to this year’s RRHOF class. As it happens, Bill James is one of my literary heroes, and someone I would identify as one of the handful of most influential people in baseball history. An entire bookshelf in our library is dedicated to the works of James, and I own all but one of his Baseball Abstracts from the 1980s – including the edition where the “Keltner Test” is described.

All in all, from start to finish it makes for some great reading.

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