The parking lot dust rises to your nostrils, and then a sudden gust of wind — hot, dry, and gritty — also bids you good morning. Heat, dust, and wind, in every imaginable combination, are your ever-present summertime companions in this region. You’re in the West Texas-New Mexico League. If you’re a hitter, you’re in paradise. If you’re a pitcher, you’re in some deep lowest rung of sheer hell.
In the nightcap of a doubleheader, Steve takes his look at the American and National Leagues from the mid-1950s up to the present day. Along the way, we see the AL take some wrong turns and wind up somewhat lost, only to then find the Road to Redemption — leading us to our current curious condition.
The second installment of the strange and terrible saga of Benny Kauff.
The Yankees’ Mike Mussina and Kevin Brown reached the 200-win plateau in back-to-back games. Matthew compares their very different careers, and takes a glimpse at their chances of reaching 300 wins.
A look at the greatest year-to-year improvements of the last half-century
Barry Bonds’ home run yesterday was big news from coast to coast. Aaron looks back through history to see if similar events received as much attention.
In this first installment of a two-parter, Steve takes a fresh look at the two-major-league system in baseball from 1901 through 1955, finding the similarities and differences between the styles and qualities of play on the field, and the performance at the turnstile.
Craig relates the strange and terrible saga of Benjamin Michael Kauff — an outfielder, a bon vivant, and an innocent man.
Does starting the season 2-0 against the Yankees mean Victor Zambrano is worthy of his own award? No, but winning a bizarre triple crown does.
Before Beane, Ricciardi and DePodesta, there was Bill Veeck and Frank “Trader” Lane.
Sunday night, TNT will show “The Winning Season,” a movie about the guy who is likely to remain the greatest shortstop of all time, if ARod continues to play out of position. A look back at the accomplishments of the man called “The Flying Dutchman.”
If you have no idea what Steve’s talking about here, forget it. You never will. Don’t worry about it. But if you do, then you know exactly what he’s talking about. You’re of a certain age range and you became enraptured with Strat-o-Matic at a certain point. Your life would never be the same.
Cleveland, Chicago, Detroit, Kansas City, Minnesota. They’ve been together for 10 years now and Aaron looks at exactly what they’ve done.
Back to the Grill Again (There it is: Black and White). Alex follows up with Howard Bryant, the author of “Shut Out: A Story of Race and Baseball in Boston.”
Does the “sophomore slump” really exist? Aaron examines what happens the year after a Rookie of the Year season.
A close look at America – and baseball – in the 1950s reveals that it was a time not at all like the dull, boring stereotype that’s often presented. It was an era of conflict and extaordinarily rapid change. Steve takes a look at this in baseball, from issues of race, geography, technology, the major/minor league structure, and the style of the game itself on the field.
Alex talks to the author of “Shut Out: A Story of Race and Baseball in Boston,” about sportwriting and the dark side of Boston’s sports history.