The Philadelphia marathon

It’s been a long wait for those of us paying attention—and I realize that roll call may begin and end with me—but the wait is over. There has been another 18-inning game in the majors, the fifth 18-plus-inning game this season but the first in over two months. Last night, the Phillies came back from […]

The cool seat

Around this time last year, I wrote on THT Live observing that no manager had been fired through roughly 100 games of the season, and that this was a pretty uncommon event. On the other hand, my writing about this phenomenon turns out to be a pretty common event, because it is happening again this […]

18 again!

It happened again. Not twice on the same day like last Saturday, as I wrote about very soon afterward, but once is notable enough. A baseball game went 18 innings Thursday, this time in Oakland as the A’s staggered past the Yankees, 3-2. My theory is that the rash of no-hitters over the last few […]

Four teams, 38 innings, one historic day

Something happened Saturday in baseball that has happened only once before in the last 97 years, and possibly ever: two separate games went 18 innings or more. The Toronto Blue Jays finally walked off with a 4-3 victory over the Texas Rangers in 18, and the Miami Marlins outlasted the host New York Mets in […]

Billy and Jackie:  a re-tracer

On April 18, 1950, in the New York Yankees’ season opener at Boston, Billy Martin made his major-league debut. He entered in the sixth inning to play second, replacing pinch-hitter Dick Wakefield, who had struck out to help snuff out a New York rally that still left them trailing the Red Sox, 9-4. Martin did […]

Movie Review: “42”

A Very Good Movie Could Be Made About: The end of the color line. Actually the movie—The Jackie Robinson Story, with Jackie playing himself—was made in 1950. Someone should try again. —The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract, 2001 It took 63 years, but someone tried again. The movie, 42, debuted in theaters this weekend, […]