Racism Sucks, Disco Is Just Music

by Kevin Burton    Silly me, I was just listening to the music.    I was young for sure, but not that young. Still, I had to have it all spelled out for me, after the fact.    The first person I ever heard utter the phrase “disco sucks,” years later turned out to be …

Wish I Could Talk Baseball With Costas

by Kevin Burton    Surely you’ve read some anecdotes about a kid who was treated badly by one of his sports heroes.     Famous people are just people with a job in the public eye. They are not some publicity photo come to life. So they have foul moods and some of them are generally …

My Pledge: Allegiance To Constitution

by Kevin Burton    Some things have changed since the time I spent all day and night watching Walter Cronkite anchor bicentennial coverage for CBS. Some things have stayed the same.    I was close to turning 13 then.  You can say that the USA depicted on television July 4, 1976 has disappeared. You can …

Famous People I Have Met Along The Way

by Kevin Burton     In the newsroom we called him “Governor Gopher.”    Fred Grandy who played Gopher on the ABC series “Love Boat” also ran as a republican for Governor of Iowa in 1994. That’s how I met him, doing an interview.    His birthday was yesterday, June 29. That’s why he leads my …

Bonnie Raitt And Stoking The Beepball Fire

by Kevin Burton    I’ve always turned to Bonnie Raitt to raise the temperature in all things beep baseball. Boy do I ever need the help just now.    I mentioned last month on Page 7 that some friends invited me to join the new USA Legends beepball team (“Let’s Hear It For Geezer Beepball,” …

A Victory For Family, Canada, The Expos

by Kevin Burton    Game one of the sibling rivalry baseball series went to yours truly last week.  It was the moves I didn’t make that saved me.    Life is like that sometimes.    I mentioned earlier on Page 7 that my brother Steve and I are playing a best-of-five baseball series using a …

Thoughts Behind NBBA Code Of Conduct

by Kevin Burton    Last Friday on Page 7 we had some fun with the National Beep Baseball Association’s code of conduct policy.    I turned the clock back to a time even before my playing days and talked about brawls among Chicago teams.  But the incidents weren’t limited to the Windy City.    Former …

I’ll Be On My Best Behavior, Promise

by Kevin Burton     The beep baseball league wanted me to sign a code of conduct agreement in order to appear in the 2021 World Series.     It’s one of many things that has changed since I retired as a player/manager five years ago.     It makes me smile.     Required is actually the word, …

I Can Spell Ambidextrous But I Am Not

by Kevin Burton    Though I have no background in statistical analysis, I fancy myself a talent scout for the Cincinnati Reds.    For you non baseball fans, that was a slap at the people who use analytics to determine a baseball player’s potential rather than say watching how well he plays.    Anyway, I …

Perez Was Vital Part Of Big Red Machine

By Kevin Burton    “How good are the Reds” was the question Sports illustrated famously asked on the cover of its 1976 World Series wrap-up edition.    Two more questions: how vital was Tony Perez to that team and how misguided was the trade that sent him to Montreal?    It’s Perez’s birthday today. He …