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About CheapHill44

This blog is primarily about baseball, but I occasionally may dabble in other sports or other random subjects. Under the banner at the top of this page, I say, “Mostly baseball. No politics or religion–unless politics or religion intersect with baseball in an unsavory manner.” Nothing ruins a good website, social media site, blog, or family gathering like the introduction of politics/and or religion. Therefore, I choose to steer clear of those subjects unless some politician, preacher, or other charlatan imposes their nonsense in a manner that negatively affects the game of baseball.

I grew up in Cheap Hill, Tenn. and am a lifelong Atlanta Braves fan. I keep up with the Nashville Sounds, Nashville Predators, and Vanderbilt Commodores when not following the Braves. I am an avid reader, and some of my favorite books are The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald,  You Can’t Go Home Again by Thomas Wolfe, The Old Man and the Sea by Ernest Hemingway, A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving, The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson, World’s Fair by E.L. Doctorow, Moonglow by Michael Chabon, and The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles.

I am a member of the Grantland Rice-Fred Russell Nashville Chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR). I wrote a weekly column entitled “The Way the Ball Bounces,” mostly about baseball, for our local newspaper in Pleasant View, Tenn. for eleven and a half years. I am collecting rejection slips while constantly editing a novel entitled Ghost Man on Second.

I graduated from Cheatham County Central High School in Ashland City, Tenn. and from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tenn. My wife and I reside in Pleasant View. Our son, Sean, lives in Nashville.

I appreciate those of you who visit my blog and read my posts. I look forward to your feedback and comments.

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  3. Gary Moskalyk permalink
    September 9, 2020 10:05 pm

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts on Lou Brock, Tom Terrific, and Jimmie Foxx.
    I’m always saddened when a ballplayer I followed from “my time” passes away. Harmon Killebrew comes to mind, as does Jim Bouton. I read Ball Four probably 12 times. It’s an old friend, and I daresay as a writer of sorts, I adopted much of his style.
    CheapHill44, thanks for your writing.


    • September 10, 2020 11:48 am

      Thanks, Gary, for reading my latest post. We baseball fans mourn the loss of the greats from our youth as well as the “regular” players. As a Braves fan, the last few months have been tough with the passing of Biff Pocoroba, Bob Watson, Oscar Brown, Frank Bolling, Adrian Devine, and maybe one or two others. It’s like baseball gets into your blood and these guys become part of your extended family. Take care.


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