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500 Home Run Club

Guilty in court of public opinion

It was a different time, an era of insignificance for a game once referred to as the American national pastime. The ramifications of a crippling player's strike and the first ever cancellation of a World Series in 1994 seemed to linger for years.

Sunday, 24 June, 2012, 12:00am

Tim Noonan

The Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown, New York, is literally the mythological soul of America. There are 295 elected members in the hall - 240 are former players while the rest are owners, executives and umpires. They are all, reputedly, people who have done things the right way and never, ever cheated the game.

24 Apr 2011 - 12:00am

Tim Noonan

The only thing this column cannot be is ignored. If it is, then I am out of a job. Got it? Good, because to me this position is easy to comprehend. However, it seems it is increasingly difficult to understand the role of pundits in our modern times.

12 Aug 2007 - 12:00am

Hypocrisy and deceit as Hall of Fame denies Big Mac a berth

If you value great theatre, drama rife with hypocrisy and an institutionalised web of deceit, then baseball circa 2007 is your game. Last week, the self-appointed guardians of morality, otherwise known as baseball writers, kept America good and great by excluding slugger Mark McGwire from the Hall of Fame.

21 Jan 2007 - 12:00am

All the talent in the world doesn't add up to a great team

Baseball clings to its storied history and sacred myths like cellophane wrap. It is a game that is full of folklore and legends.

But just as it hits the quarter pole of the 2006 season, it seems baseball is also full of the same stuff dogs leave on sidewalks. They are so ridiculously pious about their hallowed past that they reek of hypocrisy.

14 May 2006 - 12:00am

Williams banned for concealing injury

Craig Williams has been slapped with a six-meeting ban for failing to report a significant shoulder injury last month.

5 Nov 2004 - 12:00am

Dad inspires Williams to career best

Australian jockey Craig Williams never felt so grounded as he soared high with a 'career best' four-timer at Sha Tin yesterday, just hours before his proud father boarded a plane back to Melbourne.

5 May 2003 - 12:00am

Williams vows to seek redemption after heavy ban

Australian jockey Craig Williams yesterday promised to return from a month's ban keener than ever to succeed in Hong Kong racing after receiving the toughest penalty of his riding career yesterday.

22 Jan 2003 - 12:00am

Baseball fans strike out as owners cash in

IT is a balmy Saturday night in Maryland and the sweet smell of late Spring hangs in the air. Local minor league baseball side the Bowie Baysox are about to take on the Altoona Curve from Pennsylvania. There is a healthy crowd of nearly 10,000, including many children wearing oversized baseball mitts, ever hopeful of catching a stray ball.

14 May 2000 - 12:00am

Thome run

The Cleveland Indians' Jim Thome (centre) is mobbed by his teammates after hitting a game-winning solo home run off Texas Rangers pitcher John Wetteland at Jacobs Field.

18 Apr 2000 - 12:00am