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Articles by Lawrence Richards

Lawrence Richards, Writer-Producer

Mr. Richards conceived, wrote and produced, the feature-length documentary, “When Comedy Went to School”, distributed theatrically world-wide. He recently co-produced another doc, “In Search of Francis of Assisi”, scheduled for release 2nd Quarter, 2016. In the summer of 2015, he  joined the production team of “Alive 55+ and Kicking”, a new musical recently featured on “60 Minutes”, re-opening April, 2016 in Manhattan. Richards produced “The Man Who Would Not Die”, an action-adventure feature film, which played in theaters domestically and internationally. It later aired on ABC-TV as a Movie-of-the-Week. In theater he produced the drama, “A Question of Loyalty” Off-Broadway. He also wrote the libretto for “Valadon”, an original musical. He served as Account Executive for Oovision, writing and producing video commercials for corporations in the Tri-State area. In Radio, he wrote and produced, “Empowered Learning”, a one-hour live weekly program, broadcast along the Atlantic Seaboard. He’s written numerous magazine articles and essays and is a frequent contributor to The National Pastime Museum as a baseball historian. Richards is a member of The Writer’s Guild, The Player’s Club, and a Dramatist Guild associate. He’s served as a judge on several Emmy Award Blue Ribbon Panels.

Historian's Corner

Hammerin' Hank Greenberg

With a most respectful nod to Mr. Aaron, you were Hammerin’ Hank II.

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Historian's Corner

Miller Huggins

The Mighty Atom was probably the kindest reference to Miller James Huggins. There was also “Mighty Mite,” “The Mouse,” “The Midget Manager,” “Shrimp,” you get the idea. His listing at 5 feet, 6 inch and 140 pounds was, shall we say, “overly generous.” How about 5 feet, 3 inches, 120 pounds?

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Historian's Corner

The Babe Cometh

The attendance at Forbes Field was about 10,000; not a very large crowd. They were enjoying a balmy Pittsburgh afternoon with clear skies on May 25, 1935. The Pirates were hosting the Boston Braves, and most had come to see Babe Ruth.

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Historian's Corner

Lightning Strikes Twice

In Greek mythology, Zeus used lightning as a weapon. A spot hit by a bolt was considered sacred; many temples were erected where lightning struck. In the Hellenic Age, there are no records of lightning actually striking twice in the same place. Presumably, Zeus never had to double down.

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Historian's Corner

Jimmie Foxx: Double-X

Jimmie Foxx was right behind Ruth in homers, but in 1932 he probably broke his landmark single-season record of 60; more about that later.

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My First Game: Yankee Stadium 1951

I grew up in the East Bronx. Some might opine I’m still growing up. But that’s another story.

It was a perfect Sunday mid-morning. My parents told me we were going to a movie. I asked, “What’s playing?” My father said, “You’ll see when we get there.”

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Pittsburgh Poison

There are two major poison groups. The most common are those that occur in a natural state: plants, mushrooms, carbon dioxide, and toxins delivered by fangs or bites. But there’s another type equally quick and deadly, Pittsburgh Poison.

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