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How gambling built baseball, and then almost destroyed it

What became known as the “Black Sox Scandal” rocked professional baseball. But it wasn’t an aberration in a sport that was otherwise clean. Baseball became America’s national pastime because of – and not in spite of – gambling.

Brooks Robinson dominated the 1970 World Series both ways

It’s possible that no other position player has ever dominated a World Series to the extent Brooks Robinson did in 1970. That October, Robinson was dazzling in the field and at the plate as the Baltimore Orioles defeated Cincinnati in the Fall Classic.

Joey Votto: The Big Read Machine

What do people want from Joey Votto? The answer to that question will tell you what they think of him. But he doesn’t give a damn.

The Hall of Fame case for Cecil Travis

Cecil Travis spent nearly four years serving in World War II and came back with injured feet after they had froze in the Battle of the Bulge.

A Complete History of Batting Stances

If there’s a baseball bat around it’s hard to resist picking it up and taking a stance. We’ve all done it. Some of us who played baseball

The assistance towers without the luxury graduate

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