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Issue: 2018-07-04, PHOTO: Doug Sack

On July 12, the annual Dustball tournament kicks off in Whitehorse, and executive director George Arcand will once again be on hand to organize and help make sure things go smoothly. For decades, Arcand has been an institution for softball in the... Read more

Yukon Active

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Issue: 2018-04-04, PHOTO: New York Daily News 1920

It's possible baseball sluggers George Herman "Babe" Ruth Jr. and Joseph Jefferson "Shoeless Joe" Jackson bonded because of the similarities of their impoverished childhoods. Ruth was raised primarily in an inner city Baltimore orphanage, even... Read more

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Issue: 2017-09-27, PHOTO: Bowman Gum - Heritage Auctions, Public Domain

Other than Samuel Clemens, who wrote as Mark Twain, few historical Americans are more oft-quoted than former New York Yankees catcher Yogi Berra, who died in 2015 at the age of 90, but will live forever for the things he said while he was alive... Read more

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Issue: 2017-07-12, PHOTO: United States Library of Congress

It occurred to me while watching the 2016 World Series between the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians with my grandchildren – their first World Series – that I wasn't doing a very good job of explaining the game to them because we were all too... Read more

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Issue: 2017-07-05, PHOTO: Pixabay

Less than a week after Canada finally celebrates our 150th birthday, the top men's softball (fastpitch) players in the country will be saddled with facing an angry New Zealand haka performed by disgruntled Black Sox players to begin the next 150... Read more

Yukon Active

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Issue: 2017-06-14, PHOTO: Pixabay

It occurred to me while watching the 2016 World Series between the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians with my grandchildren – their first World Series – that I wasn't doing a very good job of explaining the game to them because we were all too... Read more

Yukon Active

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Issue: 2017-06-07, PHOTO: Pixabay

It occurred to me while watching the 2016 World Series between the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians with my grandchildren – their first World Series – that I wasn't doing a very good job of explaining the game to them because we were all too... Read more

Yukon Active

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Issue: 2017-05-17, PHOTO: Pixabay

It occurred to me while watching the 2016 World Series between the Chicago Cubs and Cleveland Indians with my grandchildren – their first World Series – that I wasn't doing a very good job of explaining the game to them because we were all too... Read more

Yukon Active

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Issue: 2017-03-29, PHOTO: Pixabay

As a retired sportswriter who bleeds baseball Red and could steal second base before I was able to walk to first, I was recently deep into the internet researching the history and origins of the game when I stumbled on a fact that had somehow... Read more

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Issue: 2016-08-25, PHOTO: by Amelia Merhar

Say you’re a single person throwing a barbecue. No stranger to the rigours of quality event coordination, you line up a food and drink theme, secure a donated fire pit, invite all your friends and lots of peeps you know but never really hang out... Read more

Yukon People

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Issue: 2016-09-01, PHOTO: courtesy of the Klondike Visitors Association

“Play ball!” These words will be ringing out in Dawson City this Labour Day weekend. From Sept. 2 to 5, teams from the Yukon, Northwest Territories and Alaska will converge on two ball diamonds to compete in the Labour Day Slo-Pitch Classic... Read more

Dawson City

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Issue: 2015-06-18 PHOTO: Ben Mahony

As we age do we revert to the simpler pleasures of youth? Perhaps all the way to the diaper? The symmetry of the baseball diamond and the unique strategy of this game-of-inches have inspired poets and hooligans alike. As middle age moves on, I... Read more

Travel Outside

This past summer I had the unique opportunity to meet former New York Times columnist Richard Kinzer in Leon, Nicaragua. During my time there I inhaled his account of the slings and arrows of the Sandinista revolution and made sure I was within... Read more

Travel Outside

In his classic account of Sandinista era Nicaragua, Blood of Brothers, Richard Kinzer notes, “With the sole exception of Roman Catholicism, no institution is as deeply rooted in Nicaragua as baseball. Read more

Travel Outside

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August 14, 2014

This August, Dawson City celebrates one of its last summer events. From August 14 to 17, Discovery Days, the Riverside Arts Festival, and the Dawson Daily News Print & Publishing Symposium aim to keep people of all ages and tastes busy and entertain Read more

Dawson City

For the second time in six years, Whitehorse is about to host many of the world’s best young softball players in the International Softball Federation’s Junior Men’s World Championship. Read more

Yukon Active

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Issue: 2012-07-12

"We've got lots do to, but we're on schedule and on target, and we'll get it all done," says George Arcand, executive director of Softball Yukon. Softball Yukon is gearing up for its biggest event to date—the 2012 Women's World Fastpitch... Read more

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On February 19, 1894, Herschel Island saw its first baseball game, but not its last. The lines were created using ash, and a sail was put up as a backstop. The officers played the crew, and the result was never recorded. Read more

Yukon History

Caps is what we wear An' it's part of our gear From morning to night Caps make us look right. We wear baseball hats Read more

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