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About CheapHill44

This blog is primarily about baseball, but I occasionally will dabble in other sports and issues related to sports. Under the banner at the top of this page, I say, “Mostly baseball. No politics. No religion – unless you count baseball.” I respect the political and religious beliefs of others; however, nothing ruins a good website, social media site, or blog like the introduction of politics and/or religion. Therefore, I choose to steer clear of those subjects, which should go a long way toward ensuring a civil discourse on this site. I appreciate your indulgence and cooperation.

I grew up in Cheap Hill, Tennessee, and I am a lifelong Atlanta Braves fan. I follow the Tennessee Titans, 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, The Life and Times of the Thunderbolt Kid by Bill Bryson,  A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving, Big Fish: A Novel of Mythic Proportions by Daniel Wallace, Moonglow by Michael Chabon, and Max Perkins: Editor of Genius by A. Scott Berg. 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 the I-24 Exchange newspaper in Pleasant View, Tennessee for eleven and a half years. I am collecting rejection slips on a novel entitled Ghost Man On Second. I graduated from Cheatham County Central High School in Ashland City, Tennessee and from Austin Peay State University in Clarksville, Tennessee. My wife and I reside in Pleasant View; we have a son, Sean, who lives in Nashville.

And by the way, when some player comes along and hits his 756th home run, and all of them were hit without the aid of performance-enhancing drugs, a corked bat, or an Underdog super energy pill, I will take down the fabulous 1966 Topps Hank Aaron baseball card and replace it with the Topps card of the new legitimate home run king; Barry Bonds and Alex Rodriguez need not apply. Until such time, Henry Aaron rules.

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

4 Comments leave one →
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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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