Despite—or perhaps because of—their ragtag roster and hippie manager, the 1971 Macon High Ironmen found themselves in the Illinois state baseball championship. Chris Ballard first chronicled the team in a long piece for SI in 2010, and he's explored them in even more depth in One Shot at Forever. In this excerpt, we…
Chris is in the comments below. Suggested topics for discussion: what Steve Kerr wrote on his shoes; LeBron's actual weight; Reggie Miller's portable massage tool; where to get a run in South Dakota; mushroom prospecting; that other basketball book.
Today's comes from Sports Illustrated's ever-excellent Chris Ballard, author of The Art of a Beautiful Game: The Thinking Fan's Tour of the NBA. Here's Chris on Kobe Bryant, basketball nerd. Chat with him at 1 p.m. in a followup post.