Will Big League Baseball Survive?

Lincoln A. Mitchell on the past, present and future of big league baseball.

Will Big League Baseball Survive? Will big league baseball continue to offer a monopoly on the best baseball in the world? Read More


Braxton Bragg

Earl J. Hess on the most hated man of the Confederacy.

Braxton Bragg Braxton Bragg was “a complex and important individual who deserves much more from students and historians than to be made the butt of unfounded ridicule.” Read More


The Sinking of the Daniel J. Morrell

The Sinking of the Daniel J. Morrell

Michael Schumacher, author of “Torn in Two,” on the 1966 sinking of the six-hundred-foot Morrell, which broke in half during a storm on Lake Huron.

On November 29, 1966, the Daniel J. Morrell split in two during a late autumn storm on Lake Huron. Dennis Hale, a 26-year-old watchman, was the sole survivor—rescued after spending thirty-eight hours on a life raft in subfreezing weather. Read More

Herbert Selpin’s Titanic

Herbert Selpin’s Titanic

Before A Night to Remember and James Cameron’s Titanic there was the “Nazi Titanic.”

“Everything that could go wrong did go wrong,” says Robert P. Watson, author of “The Nazi Titanic,” about the making of the anti-British propaganda film Titanic. Case in point: Director Herbert Selpin was murdered by the Gestapo before he finished the movie. Read More

This Day in Failure

January 18th

2011: Women’s tennis pro Dinara Safina suffers the worst loss ever by a former No. 1 player, a 6-0, 6-0 “double bagel” defeat at the hands of Kim Clijsters during the first round of the Australian Open.

2008: Golfweek magazine fires editor Dave Seanor after the weekly magazine uses the image of a swinging noose on its cover to illustrate a report on...

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If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. Then give up. There’s no use being a damn fool about it.

- W.C. Fields