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Saturday, October 20, 2018

The Athletic:  “When I see somebody wearing it, I go ‘I’ve got a story for you’”: The inspired, melancholy life behind the Brewers’ beloved logo

Great article (behind a paywall) about the man behind a great logo. RIP, Tom Meindel.

Meindel wasn’t a fan of baseball. But he was intrigued by the challenge. In various interviews through the years, he described sketching the idea during a psychology class. His breakthrough came when he mashed together an M and a B. To him, it looked like a baseball glove. When he returned home that day, he presented the design to his wife.

“Do you see anything different about the logo?” he asked.

Immediately, she picked up on the symbolism. “He came home with this design, this logo, and I went ‘oh my God, don’t change a thing, send it in right now,” Elaine Meindel said. “That was perfect, the best logo I ever saw.” In recalling the story, she drew a comparison to a famous scene from the movie A League of Their Own. “You’re going to win,” she said at the time.

AndrewJ Posted: October 20, 2018 at 07:36 AM | 0 comment(s)
  Beats: brewers, logo, obituary

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Philip Roth obituary: Poignantly humane novelist set on emancipating American literature from respectability

Tall, curly-haired Phil (as he was known in the family) was passionate about baseball. He regularly attended minor league baseball games at Ruppert Stadium in Newark, and devoted The Great American Novel (1973) to the mythologies of baseball set against the harsher realities of communist subversion and anti-communism. He was supporter of the Brooklyn Dodgers.

[The Breast] was followed by The Great American Novel. Asked by a Sports Illustrated journalist why he wrote about baseball, Roth remarked: “Because whaling’s been done.”

QLE Posted: May 23, 2018 at 05:04 AM | 105 comment(s)
  Beats: baseball novels, obituary, philip roth, the great american novel

 

 

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