Bent Knees and Raised Fists

Because Sports Are Politics

Our Team

Ralph Carhart

Editor, Lead Contributor

Twitter: @ralphcarhart

Ralph is the head of the Society for American Baseball Research’s 19th Century Baseball Gravemarker Project. He is the recipient of the SABR 19th Century Committee’s 2015 Chairman’s Award and the Baseball Reliquary’s 2019 Hilda Award. His historical interests include baseball’s pioneer days, the Negro Leagues, the Hall of Fame, Brooklyn, Cuba, and the New York Mets. He is the creator of The Hall Ball, an epic photo essay featuring pictures of (almost) all of the members of the Hall of Fame, living and deceased. His story was featured in the New York Times and CBS Evening News. His book, The Hall Ball: One Fan’s Journey to Unite Cooperstown Immortals with a Single Baseball, is scheduled to be published by McFarland & Company in early 2020.

Zoe Babad-Palmer


Twitter: @oscarbilde

Zoe is a third-year student at McGill University in Montreal studying English Literature with a focus on the Romantic period and the works of Oscar Wilde. She is a staff writer for the sports section of the McGill Tribune and has worked on the editorial board of multiple student-run academic journals. An avid follower of hockey, particularly women’s hockey and the Montreal Canadiens, she is deeply concerned with how social issues present themselves in sports. When she’s not writing, Zoe works as a freelance proofreader.

Ashraf Engineer


Twitter: @ashrafengineer
Instagram: @ashrafengineer

Ashraf is a veteran journalist, having worked with leading Indian publications for over 17 years, covering and managing the major news events of our time. He is experienced across print, digital and radio. He was in Afghanistan during the war in 2011, training journalists on how to cover Parliament. On his return, he moved to the brand communication industry, where he now advises leading global brands and managing political campaigns across India. He continues to write for media houses and maintains a blog. His book Bricks of Blood was released in 2017. He is passionate about sports, having played cricket in school and as a boxer at present.

Rob Hoffman



Rob is a 30-year veteran social studies teacher. Since December 2014 he’s been writing a blog for the Albany-based “Times Union” called “The Hoffman Files.” For the past year he has also been a contributor to the blog with a recurring piece called “The View From the Middle.” Most of his blogs are written with humor in mind, or his fruitless love of teams that never win, such as the Jets, Mets, Knicks, and Rangers. As a social studies teacher, he has a passion for history, especially when combined with his love of sports.

Lincoln Mitchell


Twitter: @lincolnmitchell

Lincoln Mitchell is a political analyst, pundit and writer based in Manhattan and San Francisco. He teaches in Columbia University’s political science department and is affiliated with Columbia’s Arnold A. Saltzman Institute of War and Peace Studies. Dr. Mitchell has written six books, the most recent of which is San Francisco Year Zero: Political Upheaval, Punk Rock and a Third Place Baseball Team (Rutgers University Press, 2019). Lincoln has also written numerous academic and policy articles, opinion pieces and blogs in major America and European publications. Lincoln earned his BA from UC Santa Cruz and his Ph.D from Columbia University. San Francisco Year Zero: Political Upheaval Punk Rock and Third-Place Baseball Team is now available.

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