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A League of Their Own

Posted by: Erin Allen

The other day at roller derby practice, the subject of women and baseball came up. Okay, to be fair, my teammates may have just been quoting lines from the movie “A League of Their Own,” which was recently inducted into the Library of Congress National Film Registry. But, nonetheless, with baseball season upon us, it’s …

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A Capital Team

Posted by: Erin Allen

Baseball is certainly on the minds of sports enthusiasts as Opening Day is today. And, the Washington’s Nationals join most Major League Baseball teams in kicking off the season. Washington, D.C. actually has a long and storied baseball history. Formed in the late 19th century, the District’s teams have used both the names “Nationals” and …

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Opening Day Redux for President Taft

Posted by: Gayle Osterberg

Good news, Washington baseball fans: the Washington Nationals come home today, closing out their pre-season schedule against the New York Yankees. Today will also mark the inaugural Presidents Race at the ballpark for the 2013 season, and the first appearance of a fifth presidential runner, President William Howard Taft. Those who have not had the …

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Mary Pickford: Queen of the Movies

Posted by: Erin Allen

The following is an article written by Christel Schmidt of the Library’s Publishing Office, who has edited a book on Mary Pickford, for the March-April 2013 issue of the Library of Congress Magazine. It has been 100 years since Mary Pickford was first dubbed the Queen of the Movies. At the time, the phrase simply …

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Pic of the Week: Country Crooners

Posted by: Erin Allen

The Library of Congress Coolidge Auditorium turned Grand Ole Opry for a night last Wednesday, as members of the Country Music Association (CMA) took to the stage to sing their hits. Bob DiPiero returned to host the latest installment of the CMA Songwriters Series, which this time featured Ronnie Milsap, Loretta Lynn “Lorrie” Morgan and …

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The Greatest Scream in Rock ‘n’ Roll History?

Posted by: Jennifer Gavin

Duke Ellington has been famously quoted as saying: “If it sounds good, it is good.” Which brings us to Topic A of today:  What’s the greatest scream in rock ‘n’ roll history? In my own mind, it’s a tossup which of these is No. 1 — Janis Joplin’s soul-scraping vocalization at the end of “Piece …

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Trending: March Madness

Posted by: Erin Allen

This Spring, basketball celebrates a milestone—the 75th anniversary of “March Madness,” the annual National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division 1 basketball series. For both men’s and women’s basketball, these tournaments determine the national champions of college basketball. In 1938, Ohio State University coach Harold Olsen conceived the idea, and the following year the first tournament …

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Kaye and Fine Online

Posted by: Erin Allen

Growing up, I loved to watch old movies, in particular movie musicals. Of those, I remember “Hans Christian Andersen” starring Danny Kaye. It would turn up from time to time on television, so naturally I felt compelled to watch it. I haven’t seen the movie in years, but the Library’s online presentation, The Danny Kaye …