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Bottom of the 33rd by Dan Barry

May 8, 2011 by  
Filed under Book Review

Pure serendipity is the only way I can explain how I came to be at Pawtucket’s McCoy stadium a few weeks ago to see the PawSox, Boston’s AAA team, take on the Syracuse Chiefs the farm team of the Washington Nationals.  I had opened the morning paper and, only two hours away, lay a perfect game […]

Baseball’s First Black Player — Moses Fleetwood Walker

All across Major League Baseball, April 15th is Jackie Robinson Day–commenmorating the day in 1947 when Robinson first saw action as a Brooklyn Dodger.   Most people think Jackie was the first African American to play in the majors, however, before Robinson, there was Moses Fleetwood Walker. Walker first played for the Toledo Blue Sox […]

Playoff Probabilites — A “Code Blue” Medical Primer

September 5, 2010 by  
Filed under Uncategorized

Last month, we used a cooking metaphor to describe the likelihood of each MLB team making, or in most cases, not making the post season.  As we get closer to the end of the regular season, I thought a more apt metaphor was need, a medical condition classification.   “Code Blue” is used in medical parlance to indicate that a […]

Wait Till Next Year: A Memoir by Doris Kearns Goodwin

August 30, 2010 by  
Filed under Book Review, Women in Baseball

I have seen Presedential historian Doris Kearns Goodwin appear many times on TV political talk shows.   I have also heard her speak on several occasions about her love for the Brooklyn Dodgers.  You can imagine mydelight when I came across a copy of her 1997 book Wait Till Next Year: A Memoir at a used book sale.  A favorite […]

Robert Brown “Bobby” Thomson (1923 – 2010)

August 17, 2010 by  
Filed under Baseball History, Baseball Writing

In memory of Bobby Thomson’s passing today, we are reposting two recent articles from Books on Baseball.  The first article is a review of a recent book about “The shot heard round the world” while the second article is about the various broadcasters who had a part in this historical baseball moment. Book Review: Miracle […]

Ray Chapman, Killed by Pitched Ball August 17, 1920

August 16, 2010 by  
Filed under Baseball History, Baseball Writing

On August 16, 1920, in the late afternoon at the Polo Grounds, Ray Chapman stepped into the batter’s box for what would be the very last time.  The 29 year old Cleveland Indians’ shortstop, known as “Chappie”,  squared around to bunt off the Yankee’s Carl Mays.  The submariner’s pitch was inside, Chapman was unable to duck […]

Curveball: The Remarkable Story of Toni Stone by Martha Ackmann

August 16, 2010 by  
Filed under Book Review, Women in Baseball, Your Turn

Few box scores remain.   Very few written records to account for her splendid achievements on the field.  No SLG, OBP, RISP, WHIP, CqStG, WARP, or VORP to measure her success. Statistics do not tell the whole story of any ballplayer’s life.   In the case of Toni Stone, arguably the greatest woman ever to play professional […]

The Top 10 All-time Worst* Seasons

August 8, 2010 by  
Filed under Statistics and Analysis

One of the websites I find myself going to time and time again is Baseball Reference.   I recently was curious about single-season strikeout records and came to this amazingly valuble page.   [Seriously, click on this link and bookmark it, you will be glad you did!].  I started to look into the highest strikeouts with an […]

Five Reasons Baseball is the Healthiest Sports League

August 7, 2010 by  
Filed under Business of Baseball

While the word “lockout” is being increasingly used in discussions about the NBA and NFL, and the NHL Players Association is still searching for an executive director, Major League Baseball is enjoying one of the most prosperous and competitive eras in its history.  Owners and players seem to be getting along, attendance is good, and division […]

Stick a Fork in ‘em, they’re done!

August 6, 2010 by  
Filed under Miscellaneous

OK Baseball fans, it is time to get a reality check..time to call out the pretenders from the contenders.   We now stand 2/3rds the way through the season, and it is now time to call out those teams that are not going to the post season.  Some of you will clearly agree with the cooking metaphor […]

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