Stephen Jay Gould, 1941-2002
The last time I saw Stephen Jay Gould, he was checking into a San Francisco hotel for a science conference. This day happened to be some baseball teams' first day of spring training. I sidled up to Gould and gently nudged him with my elbow. "Hey. Pitchers and catchers," I said. He returned a warm smile and the ritualistically correct repetition of the phrase: "Pitchers and catchers."