Previous Halloween Columns, 2009-15


2016 seems to be a good time to reflect on the fact that we’ve shot a wad of fresh ideas on previous Halloweens, and,  while we do have newer ideas always churning away on “Baseball and Halloween” – this feels like a good time as any to recall the columns we’ve already posted in The Pecan Park Eagle in previous years of our relatively brief existence as a passionate digital website on certain subjects of Baseball, Houston History and Doings, Human Behavior, and Parody.

Here we go with links to everything we found in our archives from earlier year Halloween celebrations since our first year of online life in 2009. We hope that you may still find something that is fresh, fun, seasonal, and worthy of distraction from the horrors of cour contemporary realities. We’re not sure how we missed doing something on Halloween for 2013, but we seem to have tried to compensate in 2014 by writing two Halloween columns.

Here’s the List of seven previous Halloween columns and their connection links from the archives of the The Pecan Park Eagle.

Hope you find something to enjoy, and …………………………….>>>>>>


Pecan Park Eagle Halloween Columns, 2009-2015

2009: October 31 ~ My Eight Great Favorite “Boo” Movies

2010: October 20 ~ Top Halloween Costumes: 2010

2011: October 31 ~ Halloween-Inspired Baseball Movie Ideas

2012: October 25 ~ Baseball Horror Movies for Halloween

2014: October 31 ~ The Ghoulville Halloween Baseball All Stars

2014: Nightmare on Crawford Street Nears End

2015: October 31 ~ Pleasant Dreams On Halloween



2016: October 31 ~ (new) The Curse of Bud Selig (one of them, at least)

In 2013, the Chicago Cubs won 103 regular season games, more than any other club in MLB – and the more than their World Series adversaries, the Cleveland Indians. And yet, a Cubs 3-2 win Game 5 at Wrigley Field last night now sends the World Series back to Cleveland for Game 6, and Game 7 too, if needed – with the Indians currently leading the Cubs by 3 wins to 2 in the victory column. A Cleveland win on their own turf Tuesday night. If a Game 7 is needed, that one too will be played in Cleveland’s house.

How did this happen? And why does MLB ignore the stupidity of former Commissioner Selig for establishing the current rule that the league winner of the summer All Star Game shall determine which league champion will get home field advantage throughout the forthcoming fall’s World Series?

Bud Selig created the current rule about the All Star Game winner determining home field advantage in the World Series after the 2002 All Star Game ended in a 7-7 tie after 11 innings because the clubs ran out of pitchers in their early efforts to get all the players into the game without regard for the possibility they might be needed later. – Selig said that the new change, effective since 2003, was to make the game more relative to the goal of winning a game that mattered more to the players, managers, and fans.

The more probable explanation is that Selig was embarrassed that the notorious 7-7 tie had occurred during his watch as Commissioner – on his old turf in Milwaukee – in the Brewers’ new turf stadium – and that all of the unhappiness over how the game played out as a tie – for obvious reasons. You can’t play winning baseball and also focus on getting all the players into the box score for history – which is exactly what became obvious in 2002.

We didn’t like the change from the start – and now we hate it. If the Cubs did anything more special than being the biggest winner in 2016, it’s the fact that it eventually won them a spot in the World Series, some 71 years since their last appearance in 1945, and 108 years since their last victory in 1908.

Now the Cubs are trailing 3-2 in wins, and they will have to fight for the title on the road because of the All Star win by the American League this past July. – It’s not fair. It’s not right. And it needs to change.

Here’s our compromise suggestion:

(1) Home field advantage in the World Series should go to the AL or NL club with the best overall season record.

(2) If two teams enter the World Series with identical season records, then use the All Star Game winner as the tie-breaker for which team gets home field advantage that same year.


 Bill McCurdy

Publisher, Editor, Writer

The Pecan Park Eagle

Houston, Texas

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