About Bill Chuck, Billy-Ball his ownself

Since the start of the 2000 season Bill Chuck has been writing baseball for his friends, most of whom he has never met. He is a self described “Baseball Newstalgist” who brings past fans to the present, present fans a glimpse of the past, and hopes to create many baseball fans for the future.

Bill lives in Brookline, MA and is an expatriate of New York City. Despite living just two miles from Fenway Park, his current house of worship for over 30 years, he still feels like a stranger in a strange land.

His wife Max is a loyal Red Sox fan and his daughter Jennifer, an ardent Yankees fan; Bill is Switzerland. His eldest daughter Elizabeth lives in NYC and remains above the fray.

With his very talented friend Jim Kaplan, Bill is the author of the book “Walkoffs, Last Licks and Final Outs – Baseball’s Grand (and not so Grand) Finales” Published by ACTA Sports in 2008.

Bill is a regular contributor to the Bats blog found on NYTimes.com and Nick Cafardo’s Baseball Notes column found in the Sunday Boston Globe.

He has a dog named Mookie, a cat named Wilson, and another cat he wanted to name “Buckner” but his wife felt enough was enough and so the cat is named Allie. They all help him with his writing.

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  • http://echuckles.tumblr.com Elizabeth

    Yay! I love Billy-Ball!

  • Elliot

    Hi Bill,
    Can’t remember where I came across your site (probably a link from a NY Times blog) but I enjoy reading through the material. BTW I’m old enough to remember Bob Gibson’s PHENOMENOL season.
    I’m not an expert in web building but from what little I know it doesn’t look like you can earn much from your site (except your own enjoyment, which might be more than enough). I’d just thought I’d drop you a note on what might be helpful. A couple of years ago I came across a book called “Internet Riches” by Scott Fox. It’s a great intro on how to earn money on the net. He has a blog and something called click millionaires. (I have no financial connection to him). Anyway it may be of interest to you to check out his site, book, blog, whatever. I think you can learn quite a bit from him to upgrade your site to a more profitable site. And if you’re already quite profitable maybe some of his tips might be useful. In the meantime I’ll keep reading your emails. Thanks

  • dan zielinski

    Marmol almost coughed up big lead in 9th against White Sox on Sunday. Broxton did cough up lead and was obviosly laboring against NY on Sunday. Why does a manager simply turn the game over to his closer even when it is blatantly obvious that the closer just doesn’t have it?

  • Scott Lyddon

    I’ve subscribed to your newsletter for years and recently follow your tweets.
    I am passionate about baseball but also about politics but less so.
    I follow Billy Ball because I enjoy baseball.
    I happen to lean toward the right politically, and now I know more than I wanted to about your political leanings.
    I’m sure you have other fans such as I, who really don’t want to have politics intrude on our baseball.
    I can and do accept you being a Redsox fan despite me being a Yankee fan, but I shouldn’t have to hear you extolling the virtues of left wing Jon Stewart when I expect baseball news. Thanks!

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    Hi Bill, Can’t remember where I came across your site (probably a link from a NY Times blog) but I enjoy reading through the material. BTW I’m old enough to remember Bob Gibson’s PHENOMENOL season. I’m not an expert in web building but from what little I know it doesn’t look like you can earn much from your site (except your own enjoyment, which might be more than enough). I’d just thought I’d drop you a note on what might be helpful. A couple of years ago I came across a book called “Internet Riches” by Scott Fox. It’s a great intro on how to earn money on the net. He has a blog and something called click millionaires. (I have no financial connection to him). Anyway it may be of interest to you to check out his site, book, blog, whatever. I think you can learn quite a bit from him to upgrade your site to a more profitable site. And if you’re already quite profitable maybe some of his tips might be useful. In the meantime I’ll keep reading your emails. Thanks
    +1

  • http://www.martydobrow.com Marty Dobrow

    Dear Bill,

    We seem to have quite a bit in common. We’re both New York expatriates living in Massachusetts. We both have a dog named Mookie. (I tell Red Sox fans that they always thought of Mookie Wilson as a dog, anyway.) And we both seem to be very fond of Jim Kaplan, who suggested that I contact you. I have known Jim for years. In fact, he published my first book (Going Bigtime: The Spectacular Rise of UMass Basketball) through his small imprint, Summerset Press.

    I turn to you in the hopes that you might be willing to take a look at my second book, Knocking on Heaven’s Door: Six Minor Leaguers in Search of the Baseball Dream. It is due out later this month. You can get a little sense of it on my freshly minted website, which I have listed above. I have a strong intuitive sense that this book will really mesh with your baseball and literary sensibility. Is there a snail mail address where I can have the publisher send you a review copy?

    If you would like to talk about this, please feel free to contact me at any point at the above-listed e-mail address, or on my cell (413-478-6304). Many thanks!

    Sincerely,

    Marty Dobrow

  • Doc Rogers

    Bill. My sister wrote this parody on the Mighty Casey. Thought it might bring a smile as you recover and adjust to the new hinge.

    Howard at the Bat

    (An update of the original poem – my apologies to Ernest Thayer!)

    The outlook wasn’t brilliant for the Philly nine that day,
    The score stood three to two with but one inning left to play.
    ‘Cause Chooch had just got doubled out, all present feared the same,
    Shocked silence fell on homers who’d paid big bucks to view the game.

    A sorry few got up to leave in deep despair, the rest –
    Clung to that hope which springs eternal in Philly Phandom’s breast,
    They thought, “If only Ryan could get but one huge whack at that-
    I just might even beat the spread with Howard at the bat!”

    But Polly preceded Ryan, as also did J-Roll,
    The former’s series RISP – pathetic! The latter, clutch? How droll!
    So upon the stricken multitude grim melancholy sat,
    For there now seemed little chance of R. Piece’s getting to the bat.

    But J-Roll fin’ly drew a walk to the wonderment of all,
    And Polly the much criticiz-ed hit a softy of a ball,
    And when the dust had lifted, and fans saw what had just occurred,
    There was Jimmy safe at first base and Chase Utley a few yards from third.

    Then from 40,000 throats and more there rose a lusty yell,
    It rumbled through South Philly; it rattled ‘long the “L,”
    It thundered through the p.a. sys with no scream falling flat,
    For Ryan, Mighty Howard, was advancing to the bat.

    There was ease in Howard’s manner as he stepped into his place,
    There was pride in Piece’s bearing and a smile upon his face.
    And when digging for his mojo, he tweaked upon his hat,
    No Philly fan could doubt ’twas Ryan Howard at the bat.

    The Philly faithful watched him as he rubbed his hands with dirt,
    They wrung their white towels harder as he wiped them on his shirt.
    Then while the San Fran closer ground the ball into his hip,
    Defiance gleamed in Howard’s eye, a sneer curled Howard’s lip.

    And now the leather-covered sphere came hurtling through the air,
    And Ryan stood a-watching it in haughty grandeur there.
    Close by the sturdy batsman the ball unheeded sped,
    “Don’t cramp my style,” said Howard, “Strike one,” the umpire said.

    From the Bank’s bowels, packed with people, there arose a mighty roar,
    Like the beating of the storm waves on the distant Jersey shore.
    “Kill him, kill the umpire!” roared phanatics in the stands,
    And it’s likely they’d a-killed him had not Howard raised his hand.

    With a smile borne of one hundred mil, great Ryan’s visage shone,
    He stilled the rising tumult; he willed the game go on,
    Posey signaled to the pitcher, and once more the spheroid flew,
    But Howard still ignored it, and the umpire yelled, “Strike two.”

    “Boo,” cried the frantic thousands, and echo answered, “boo”
    (Fans wondered if a ‘mate could drive, but couldn’t think of who!).
    Now Ryan’s face grew stern and cold, they saw his muscles strain,
    Fans KNEW Big Piece wouldn’t let that ball go flyin’ by again.

    The sneer is gone from Howard’s lip, his teeth are clenched in hate,
    He pounds with cruel violence his bat upon the plate.
    Now the Giants’ Wilson holds the ball, and now he lets it go,
    Fans are SURE the air’ll be shattered by the force of Howard’s blow.

    Oh, somewhere in South Philly the sun is shining bright,
    Cheesestakes are frying somewhere and somewhere the Flyers fight,
    And now J. Werth’s agent Boras laughs with joy just like a child’s shout,
    But there is no joy in Philly – mighty Howard has struck out.

  • Bob

    Couldn’t resist adding to your totally topical and timely Royal Wedding invitees list (only because I’m currently working with Topps — yes, that Topps — on a Royal Wedding card set that will be sold exclusively on QVC the day of the regal betrothal):
    Jan Noble Dukes
    Thomas Earl Dukes
    Howard “Slim Jim” Earl
    Scottie Earl
    Billy “The Little Globetrotter” Earle
    King Kelly
    Clyde King (one of many Kings)
    Mike Kingery
    Dave Kingman
    Bris Lord
    Harry Lord
    Mike McQueen
    Jim Middleton (surname of the bride and future Queen of England)

    And, finally, in from the Far East corners of Eternity…The Sultan of Swat

  • Kevin Hernandez

    Hey bill Im a big Bluejay FAN! and i also been following underrated prospects such as Moises sierra and Montaous Walton over the past 3 months and both of these guys were training and competing very well in Preseason.

  • Jim Dawson

    The Red Sox have had seasons in which they’ve had 3 players with 100 RBI or more (e.g. ’03, ’84, ’46, ’49).
    Have they ever had a season with 4 players with 100 RBI or more?
    The 2011 Red Sox could have 4 – Adrian, Youk, Ortiz and Jacoby.

  • Hita Dickson

    Not an April Fool’s Story…”Bud” Preston C. Roth, will receive full military honors burial at the new Washington Crossing National Cemetery on Thursday, Oct. 13, 2011…Bud was the son of EARL Roth and, ALICE (April 1, 2010, Foul Ball story from Aug. 17, 1957) Bud’s two sons, Pres and Tom (who were at the game in 1957) along with their twin sisters, Alice and Anne, will attend the service..
    Bud repeatedly told your story about his mom and Richie Ashburn’s foul ball problems!! Your account of the 1957 event was an event to remember! Bud loved baseball!!
    Hita, his step-daughter

  • ken white

    Bill…question for you…is there a reason for the necklace type apparel most of the players on both teams in the WS are wearing? SL’s are red, and the Rangers’ blue, so I figure they have approval of MLB, etc…but is there a purpose or something behind it?
    thanks.
    Keep up the good work, Ken

  • http://www.billy-ball.com Bill Chuck

    Actually, the necklaces have have magnets which supposedly give the players strength and recuperative powers. They are approved by MLB and are very trendy. They are also not cheap although Amazon has them at good prices. MLB Magnet Necklaces

  • Mary Alice McLoughlin

    Lovely to meet you and Max, and it will be fun to read your stuff. I hope we can all meet up again!