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Interview with the Baseball Undertaker: Part II

August 23, 2010 by  
Filed under Author Profile, Baseball History

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 […]

A few more words about Bobby Thompson

August 17, 2010 by  
Filed under Baseball History

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 […]

No-Hitter Flashback: Virgil Trucks

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 […]

Interview with The Baseball Undertaker: Part I

July 25, 2010 by  
Filed under Author Profile, Baseball Writing

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 […]

Lou Piniella: The Early Years

July 23, 2010 by  
Filed under Baseball History, Baseball Writing

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, […]

Negro League Strat-O-Matic Cards: MVP Willie Wells

July 21, 2010 by  
Filed under Baseball History

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 […]

Book Review: The Midsummer Classic

July 19, 2010 by  
Filed under Book Review

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 […]

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