Radio Appearance: Humboldt Magazine, KHSU 90.5 FM Arcata, CA

 Sport in the Americas and Caribbean and their connection to popular culture and politics:  Baseball’s Havana Sugar Kings

Friday, March 23, 2018



The relationship between the United States and Cuba under the current administration is now in limbo after the recent thawing of relations under the Obama administration.  Baseball has always been one of the important shared cultural traditions between the the two countries  going all the way back to the 19th century.   58 years ago, there was a brief moment in time when a professional baseball team, the Havana Sugar Kings, represented the potential for cultural commonality between the US and Cuba even after Cuba’s revolution in 1959.   Ultimately, the Sugar Kings, who won the International League World Series in 1959, became a political pawn between  Major League baseball and the Eisenhower administration and Fidel Castro.   The demise of the Sugar Kings in Cuba presaged the rapid deterioration of US-Cuban relations that was to continue for more than a half a century.   But, hope springs eternal.   With some of the best major league players in baseball  hailing from Cuba, and a need for Major League Baseball to expand international markets in order to stay competitive with professional basketball and football, one never knows what role baseball holds for potential cooperation between the two countries in the future.  


“One more step…and we arrive!”


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Radio Appearance: Humboldt Magazine, KHSU 90.5 FM Arcata, CA

 Sport in the Americas and Caribbean and their connection to popular culture and politics:  Basketball in Mexico and Guatemala

Friday, January 8,  2018 at 1:00  PM   

Join Danielle and Doc today as they begin 2018 by first looking at two of our neighbors to the south, Mexico and Guatemala.  Mexico has a time-honored tradition of basketball, and its popularity continues to grow at the national and local level.  Basketball is also played in small communities in Guatemala including indigenous Mayan groups – notable for participation by women and young girls.  And finally, a fascinating brief look back at a Mexican-American high-school basketball team team in Texas that won an improbable city championship almost 80 years ago – and its cultural reverberations today.  
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Radio Appearance: Humboldt Magazine, KHSU 90.5 FM Arcata, CA

 Sport in the Americas and Caribbean and their Connection to Popular Culture and Politics:  

2017 Year in Review  

Friday, December 8,  2017 at 1:00  PM   


Join Danielle and Doc as the look at themes from 2017 that included Mexico’s unique interconnection to US economics, border culture and history through the lens of sport, the varied connections to Latin America and the Caribbean via the sport of baseball in particular, and finally the national and hero worship of two distinct transcendent athletes:  Argentina’s Diego Maradona and Puerto Rico’s Roberto Clemente.

Jack London State Historic Park Event – Reading by Doc Stull

Memorial Service lead by Park Historian Lou Leal, the poetry of George Sterling, best friend of Jack London and California Poet Laureate and original poetry by Iris Dunkle and Doc Stull at the 101th Annual Jack London Memorial Service, Jack London State Park, Glen Ellen, CA

Saturday, November 18, 2017 at 10:00  AM at the Museum/House of Happy Walls

London Gravesite

“I wouldn’t mind if you laid my ashes on the knoll where the Greenlaw children are buried. And roll over me a red boulder from the ruins of the Big House.”  Jack London



Oh, was there ever face of all the dead

In which too late the living could not read

A mute appeal for all the love unsaid—

A mute reproach for careless word and deed?

And now, dear friend of friends, we look on thine,

To whom we could not give a last farewell—

On whom without a whisper or a sign,

The deep unfathomable Darkness fell.

On! Gone beyond us, who shall say how far?

Gone swiftly to the dim Eternity,

Leaving us silence, or the words that are

To sorrow as the foam is to the sea.

Unfearing heart, whose patience was so long!

Unresting mind, so hungry for the truth!

Now has thou rest, gentle one and strong,

Dead like a lordly lion in its youth.

Farewell! Although thou know not, there alone,

Farewell! Although thou hear not in our cry

The love we would have given had we known, Ah! And a soul like thine how shall it die.

Radio Appearance: Humboldt Magazine, KHSU 90.5 FM Arcata, CA

 Sport in the Americas and Caribbean and their connection to popular culture and politics:  Maradona

Friday, November 3,  2017 at 1:00  PM   


Argentina’s Diego Maradona is considered, along with Brazil’s Pele, to be the greatest soccer player of the 20th century.  Short, stocky, part devil, part angel but all too human, Maradona was blessed with extraordinary vision, unparalleled dribbling skills and an operatic sense of the dramatic.   Maradona is an athlete that transcended sport.  His career was a rags-to-riches rise-and-fall and a symbol of nationalism in Argentina and even in Italy where his professional team in Naples became synonymous with regional southern Italian pride.   And, in the space of one World Cup game, Argentina’s quarter-final against England, in 1986 , he scored two of the most iconic goals in the history of soccer – they both were “epic,” for different  reasons – we’ll discuss  why in today’s show.  You don’t have to be a soccer fan or even sports fan to appreciate the Odyssey and grand narrative of Maradona.   Sam Blair’s ESPN’s 30 for 30 documentary, Maradona ’86 is one of many about Maradona.  Eduardo Galeano’s Soccer in Sun and Shadow is a beautifully written book about the world of soccer in its many dimensions and perspectives.


Radio Appearance: Humboldt Magazine, KHSU 90.5 FM Arcata, CA

 Friday, October 6,  2017 at 1:00  PM  –  KHSU Humboldt Magazine  Segment:  2017:  Puerto Rico, Sport and Identity


Join Doc and host Danielle Orr for for their monthly feature on sport from the Americas and Caribbean and their connection to popular culture and politics.

The recent events in Puerto Rico with the devastation wrought by Hurricane Maria has been a major news story with complex humanitarian and political overtones.  Puerto Ricans are American citizens, yet it has its own Olympic team and marches under the Puerto Rican flag.  United States citizens in Puerto Rico and citizens on the American mainland differ in their opinions as to whether Puerto Rico should be a state, an independent country, or remain in its status as a United States territory.  


And, as always, the intersection of sport and politics can be a fascinating illumination into many of these complex issues.


Puerto Rican players make up the fourth largest Latino group in Major League Baseball after the Dominican Republic, Venezuela and Cuba. Puerto Rico has four players in the Baseball Hall of Fame, and there are five Puerto Ricans currently in the National Basketball Association (12 in its history). Puerto Rico’s defeat of the United States in the 2004 Olympic Games in basketball is considered one of the great upsets in the Olympic Games history and a source of great pride for Puerto Rico.  And, Puerto Rico produced some of boxing’s great champions.


We’ll talk about these issues today as well as the single finest example of an athlete who set the bar at the highest level in transcending sport – Puerto Rico’s Hall of Fame baseball player Roberto Clemente, who paid the ultimate price on behalf of the world community without borders almost a half a century ago.  

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Tour of Jack London’s Wolf House – Jack London State Historic Park, Glen Ellen, CA

Doc will lead a Tour of the Wolf House Ruins at Jack London State Park, Glen Ellen, CA, 1:00 PM – 2:20 PM, Saturday, September 16, 2017.

 2400 London Ranch Road, Glen Ellen, CA 95442  ·  T: (707) 938-5216  $10.00 Vehicle entry fee. Tour:  Free


Jack London was the most popular American author of his day – adventurer, romantic, realist, revolutionary, sportsman, socialist, dreamer…combative, contrary, contradictory, charismatic, and courageous – Jack London’s legacy lives here amidst the mystical magic of Valley of the Moon and the silent stones of the burned out Wolf House that was to stand for a thousand years.