A few weeks ago, we posted Part I of our interview with a man named Bill Lee, who wrote The Baseball Necrology, a book profiling the lives of deceased pro baseball players, and concurrently runs The Baseball Necrology Live, an Internet update of the same premise.
During the course of our interview with Bill, we learned that he lived [...]
Today’s a bit of a heart-warming day to be a baseball fan. Considering that the Miracle at Coogan’s Bluff occurred nearly 60 years ago, and that the Polo Grounds has been a housing development for the past 45 years, it is gratifying to see the outpouring of Internet affection for Bobby Thompson and his dramatics [...]
Matt Garza of the Tampa Bay Rays has just thrown Major League Baseball’s fifth no-hitter of the 2010 season. That’s actually six no-hitters this year, at least in the State of Michigan. Three of them have involved the Rays, twice as victim and now, finally, as victor.
All this brings to mind that old Baseball Digest favorite, the story [...]
When Sandy Koufax threw his last Major League pitch, in the 1966 World Series, he was still only 30 years old. Sandy remained in the public eye for several years after his retirement as a broadcaster. On the other hand, Sandy’s ‘66 Dodgers teammate, Nick Willhite, was done with Major League baseball at the age [...]
To be with his ailing mother, Lou Piniella has announced his retirement, effective immediately. He’s been involved in Major League Baseball for nearly 50 years and has done it all: long minor league career; even longer Major League career; player/coach; manager; general manager; manager again; broadcaster; manager again. He won the World Series on his first try, [...]
I recently ordered the new Strat-O-Matic Baseball Negro League All-Stars set. This set assembled 108 of the great Negro Leagues players of all time and, thanks to backbreaking research, collected their statistics for league games over each player’s “peak” period (i.e. their top five to seven years).
These stats are adjusted for length of schedule; most Negro League [...]
Retrosheet and other web-based resources are priceless reference tools. These tools allow you to access the boxscore and play-by-play of every major league game you ever attended or strip-mine decades’ worth of historical data for previously unknown statistics and trends. However, in certain circumstances, they fail to convey the magnitude of certain high-impact events such as playoff tilts [...]