Baseball Cards: Past, Present, and Future

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Baseball season is finally here. And what better way to celebrate than by purchasing some 2 1/2″ by 3 1/2″ rectangles of card stock with your favorite players on them. On the back of the card stock will be numbers representing their failures and successes in the game. There will also be a number, probably […] READ MORE


Masanori Murakami: First Japanese Player in Major League Baseball

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Masanori Murakami: MLB’s First Japanese Player Japanese Baseball: A Very Short Primer Isolation Japan is an island country located in the northwest Pacific Ocean. For over two hundred years until 1853, Japan lived in near isolation from the rest of the world. Then came along American Commodore Matthew Perry. Perry decided to visit Japan with […] READ MORE


The Corked Bat: To Cork Or Not To Cork

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The Corked Bat: To Cork Or Not To Cork How To Step 1 This is how you do it: Purchase a drill and a wooden bat. Use the 1/2 inch drill bit to bore out a six-inch deep hole. Fill the hole with crushed cork, sawdust, bouncy balls, or any other material that fits this […] READ MORE


Paging Doctor Baseball

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Paging Doctor Baseball Earning a P.H.D Welcome to the wonderful world of deceit. Where pitches aren’t what they seem and the laws of physics are challenged by saliva, K-Y jelly, Vaseline, fishing line wax, pine tar, rosin, sweat, emery boards, and nail files. That’s right, folks, we are talking about the art of doctoring a […] READ MORE


Spring Training: The Short Season

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Spring Training: The Short Season A Cyclical Rebirth Life is a series of cycles much akin to the seasons of the year. We begin in the spring with our birth and travel into adulthood with the summer. In the fall our hair starts to gray and with winter the leaves descend and our cycle ends. […] READ MORE


1980s Major League Baseball: The Forgotten Decade

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1980s Major League Baseball Just Say No To The 80s The 1989 World Series between the Oakland Athletics and the San Francisco Giants, dubbed the Battle of the Bay, concluded on October 28th, thus ending what some claim to be a forgettable decade in the history of baseball. But why does 1980s Major League Baseball […] READ MORE


“Moonlight” Graham and His Brush With the Bigs

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“Moonlight” Graham and His Brush With The Bigs Archibald Wright Graham The Game If you have ever read W.P. Kinsella’s Shoeless Joe, or caught the 1989 film, Field of Dreams, you’ve probably heard of “Moonlight” Graham. He played two innings of one game and never came to bat. That’s it. He would never play in […] READ MORE


The Crazy Crab: Hang In There

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The Crazy Crab: Hang In There Hang In There The official slogan for the 1984 San Francisco Giants was “Hang in there”. This is, as slogans go, not the most promising. The reason for such a lackluster outlook was the combination of a few factors. It had been nearly a decade since the team made […] READ MORE


The Zimmerman Chase and World Series of 1917

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The Zimmerman Chase and World Series of 1917 U-boats and the Zimmermann Telegram World War I had been raging for nearly three years when Great Britain intercepted an encrypted telegram. The telegram was sent from the German Foreign Minister Arthur Zimmermann, to the German minister to Mexico Heinrich Von Eckhart. The British deciphered the message […] READ MORE


Major League Baseball and the Problem of Personality

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Major League Baseball and the Problem of Personality Baseball Is Boring What’s wrong with the game of baseball? People complain that games take too long, the season is too long, and the pace of play is too slow. We can go on and on about the little intricacies that bug the average fan, but what […] READ MORE