Monday, October 26, 2020

Boog City Baseball Issue. Proud to have a flash piece in it about a "Recovery Coach"

 Very pleased my story, The New Coach is in the fiction department, in this month's baseball issue of Boog City-137.

THEIR PRESS, see the story behind my story underneath.

As the World Series winds down,
go into extra innings with 

Boog City 137

The Baseball Issue


•Baseball Poetry from

Helen R Broom, Patrick Dubuque, Jason Koo, Michael Lauchlan, Josh Lefkowitz, Marjorie Maddox, Jeremy Nathan Marks, E. Ethelbert Miller, Matthew Murrey, Jason O'Toole, Bill Rector, Laura Rosenthal, Steven Sher, Vivian Wagner, and Viola Weinberg

•Baseball Prose from

Elan Barnehama, Bill Cushing, Aaron Fischman, Andrew Forbes, Timothy Gager, Joe Gordon, Terry Kirts, Art Lasky, Brian Mihok, Frank C Modica, Frank Morelli, Richard Moriarty, Thomas O'Connell, Leslie Pietrzyk, Susan M. Schultz, Claire Taylor, Holly M. Wendt, and Jared Wyllys

•Baseball Art from

Todd Johnson, Graig Kreindler, Mark Mosley, Paul Plaine, S. Preston, Ann Privateer, Danny Rockett, Tim Souers, Jon Teegarden, and Aaron Williams

•Plus a host of our usual swell content

featured artist Brendan Lorber • fiction from Olena Jennings • political poetry just in time for the election from Toni Bee, CAConrad, Tongo Eisen-Martin, David Mills, UrayoĆ”n Noel, and Frank Sherlock • Stephen Paul Miller reviews Daniel Morris, Thomas Fink and Maya Mason, Lynn Crawford, and Fink • and Greg Fuchs' Unguided Tour

And my hearty thanks to our team that made this possible: fiction editor Wanda Phipps, poetry editor John Mulrooney, printed matter editor Bill Considine, and our dynamic duo without whom this issue couldn't have happened, baseball editor Sandra Marchetti and production editor Patricia Patterson.


MY PRESS, the story behind the story

     First things first. Boog Powell was a giant, big, lumbering-sixties prototype baseball player, built like other peers Harmon Killebrew and Frank Howard. They were a little like the |Gashouse Gorillas in the Bugs Bunny cartoon. Howard and Powell are pictured above, making the other All-Stars look a little dwarf-like. These slggers were American Leaguers before the Designated Hitter rule who hit and had to play the field. In all likelihood they were never in the field for their defense. I think it's really cool that I'm published in a NY paper called Boog City, where Boog Powell never played for the home team.  It's also very cool that they have an entire issue dedicated to baseball, something which the journal, Hobart does as well.

     I'm pleased that my story, The New Coach is in this issue. The story behind the story has to do with such folks as Josh Hamilton, and John Belushi. Both of them had sobriety coaches (babysitters, bodyguards)  to "stay in the game," some successfully, some not so much. In The New Coach my main character is asked to be this, but to preform extra coaching "duties." Please read this issue, my story and enjoy.  

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