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How Joe Jackson conspired to lose the World Series

How Joe Jackson conspired to lose the World Series
April 5, 2016 No Comments »

Joe Jackson batted .375 with 12 hits in the eight games of the 1919 World Series. He led the Chicago White Sox with six runs batted in and hit their only home run. Excellent performance by one of baseball’s best ... Read More »

The Walking Eddies: A Patient Infield That Never Was

The Walking Eddies: A Patient Infield That Never Was
February 19, 2016 No Comments »

“Walking is man’s best medicine.” — Hippocrates For a long time walks in baseball were considered a mistake, an accident caused by poor aim. The pitcher was wild and if he couldn’t throw three strikes before he threw four balls, Mr. ... Read More »

Magician in The Bronx: What if the Yankees had acquired Rod Carew in 1979?

Magician in The Bronx: What if the Yankees had acquired Rod Carew in 1979?
October 18, 2015 No Comments »

Anyone who saw Rod Carew swing the bat will never forget it. He was a magician with a Louisville Slugger in his hands. The multiple batting titles he won were earned largely off his knack for slicing line drives to ... Read More »

Yogi Berra refused to set foot inside Yankee Stadium for 14 years

Yogi Berra refused to set foot inside Yankee Stadium for 14 years
May 16, 2014 No Comments »

Are some people magic? It’s hard to believe that it’s possible, but if anyone ever was it’s Lawrence Peter Berra. You know him as Yogi — the world knows him as Yogi — and he’s been charmed his entire life. However, despite ... Read More »

When Sandy Koufax dominated the hapless New York Mets for his first no-hitter

When Sandy Koufax dominated the hapless New York Mets for his first no-hitter
February 5, 2014 7 Comments »

At the start of the 1962 season, Sandy Koufax was a .500 pitcher with an ERA just below four runs per game. Far from being a superstar or a household name, Koufax was considered a disappointment, a 25-year old lefty ... Read More »

When four Orioles’ pitchers won their 20th game in the same week

When four Orioles’ pitchers won their 20th game in the same week
January 14, 2014 1 Comment »

If a pitcher wins 20 games today they’re automatically a favorite to win the Cy Young Award. They’re the ace of their staff, too. But what if your team has four 20-game winners? That happened with the Baltimore Orioles in ... Read More »

The Big Six and Leftovers: How the 2013 Hall of Fame ballot results will look

The Big Six and Leftovers: How the 2013 Hall of Fame ballot results will look
December 17, 2012 11 Comments »

Early in January, the results of the 2013 Baseball Hall of Fame balloting will be announced, in what should prove to be the most anticipated and talked-about election results in the history of that institution. The reason the results will ... Read More »

The Hall of Fame case for Deacon White

The Hall of Fame case for Deacon White
December 3, 2012 4 Comments »

In a playing career spanning two decades in the 19th century, Deacon White was a fine hitter and defensive player at both catcher and third base. He won two batting titles, one in the National Association, the other in the ... Read More »

The Hall of Fame case for Tony Mullane

The Hall of Fame case for Tony Mullane
November 30, 2012 3 Comments »

If nickname quality was the most important criteria for election to the Baseball Hall of Fame, Tony Mullane would have been inducted decades ago. He was tabbed “The Apollo of the Box” by admiring newspaper reporters and fans in the ... Read More »

Babe Ruth and baseball’s most famous bellyache

Babe Ruth and baseball’s most famous bellyache
November 29, 2012 1 Comment »

Even in the 1920s before the advent of cable news channels and social media, when you were the most famous athlete in America, your health was front page headlines. Over the winter months of 1924-1925, Babe Ruth – possibly the ... Read More »