Writing Contest

Swing for the Fences (Rob Semple, Contest Winner)

(Publisher’s Note: This article was written by Rob Semple of Ronkonkoma, NY.  He is the winner of Long Island Baseball Magazine’s Spring 2013 writing contest.  Congrats to Rob and the other competitors on a job well done!) 

As a diehard Yankee fan, I’ve been blessed with a lifetime of exhilarating baseball, yet for me, no professional baseball memory compares to what happened in the summer of 1982, down at cozy Hallock Park in Patchogue, N.Y., when I was a twelve year-old little-leaguer. 

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With two outs in the bottom of the sixth inning of a late-season game, a man on first, and the score tied at 12, I stepped into the batter’s box and the umpire, on account of darkness, promptly declared, “Last batter.” My father, also the coach, immediately waved me towards him, and thoroughly understanding the situation, whispered forcefully, “Swing for the fences,” before nudging me back to the plate.

To that point, I’d never hit a home-run in organized baseball (and would finish my career with two), but after the first pitch skidded in the dirt, I swung at the second with everything… Continue reading

Long Island Baseball Magazine: Spring 2013 Writing Contest

Long Island Baseball Magazine is sponsoring another writing contest! This time the contest will have two winners… A children division (Ages 18 and under) and an adult’s division (Ages 19 and over). 

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The theme of the contest is baseball history. In an article of at least 250 words, tell us your favorite moment in baseball history and why it is your favorite moment. The moment can be from a Major League game or a little league game. Any baseball moment is a part of baseball history! The winners will have their articles posted on Long Island Baseball Magazine’s website and be featured in our print edition of the magazine for the Summer 2013 issue. Winners will also receive a copy of the print publication once released.


This is a great chance for writers to get their work out and have some fun while doing it! Long Island Baseball Magazine currently gathers views from all around the world! Anyone in the world is eligible to enter the contest, but the article must be in English!


To submit your article, please email me at In the body of your email, please… Continue reading

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