A baseball symphony in five movements, starting in a minor key
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 […]
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, […]
A follow-up on Jackie Robinson’s value as a base stealer
Or, 42 facts about Mariano Rivera
Who got more umpires in games of the 1900s, and why that might matter today
A turning point looms for this storied franchise.
The many ways Fred Merkle could have avoided the “Bonehead” tag
What can 2012’s super-rookie possibly do for an encore?
There are limits to everything, even in sabermetrics
A reversal of fortune for “the luckiest man on the face of the earth.”
A baseball owner you’ve never heard of. But maybe you should have.
In which George Steinbrenner achieves his true destiny
Changing baseball history, one obscure turning point at a time
A closer look at twin-bills, for sabermetrics and for fun
Do two games on one day deplete a team for the long haul?
When two great teams, or two terrible teams, meet, does the game look different?
The World Series is over, a lot sooner than most fans were hoping. We’re now stuck in that twilight zone where we can either look forward to the 2013 season, or backward to the season that was. I don’t have my glasses with me right now, so five months ahead is just a blur. I’m […]
The 2012 World Series avoids the fate of being judged by WPS as the least exciting World Series ever. As for avoiding the sweep, well, we can’t have everything. Game 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 F Giants 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 4 Tigers 0 […]
Game Three of the World Series is over … and suddenly, the Series itself almost is. Game 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 F Giants 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 Tigers 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 (Giants lead series 3-0) WPS 1 […]