Gaylord Perry: A Shot to the Moon

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July 20, 1969, was a day like any other save for one thing, Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin landed on the moon. After spending the previous day in lunar orbit, Armstrong and Aldrin climbed into the lunar module Eagle and headed for the moon. Leaving fellow astronaut Michael Collins orbiting in the command module Columbia, […] READ MORE


Birth of the Toronto Blue Jays

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The year was 1968 and the city of Toronto was without a professional baseball team, that’s right there was no Blue Jays. For many years the minor league Toronto Maple Leafs had been a beloved part of the city’s identity. But after the 1967 season, the Maple Leafs had been sold and relocated to Louisville. […] READ MORE


Chicago Cubs: Our Team

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The Chicago Cubs are like a warm patchwork quilt that has been handed down from generation to generation. Even those whose allegiances lay with other teams can’t help but feel an affinity for the Cubbies. And even though St. Louis Cardinals fans might disagree, the Cubs have found a way into the hearts of baseball […] READ MORE


A Brief Mid-Season Recap: Longing to Belong

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July is when baseball season changes from a new friend that you are getting to know into either a welcomed confidant or a nuisance that refuses to bring delight. The spring and summer weather has lost its novelty. The crack of the bat and the satisfying first bite of the dog are not enough anymore. […] READ MORE


The Fastball: A Story of Particulars

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It is called such because it comes at the hitter with some mustard on it. Don’t worry this is not in the literal sense. That would be illegal, especially these days. Remember you aren’t allowed to apply a foreign substance to the baseball. What we are discussing in the case of a baseball with mustard […] READ MORE


The Knuckleball: Shady Beginnings

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The idea is to minimize the spin on the ball, thus the ball dances unpredictably. And what is the name of this erratic dance partner? That’s right, we’re talking about the old butterfly with hiccups, the knuckleball. A Shady Past The Knuckleball’s origins are found under three shady limbs of a metaphorical two-hundred-year-old oak tree. […] READ MORE


Batting Practice: Baseball’s National Pastime

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Welcome all, to the long-running ritual of batting practice (BP). It’s two and a half hours before game time. The grounds crew wheels out a domed netted cage to home plate. They place a low platform in front of the pitcher’s mound. A coach carries a bucket of balls in one hand and windmills their […] READ MORE


Mackey Sasser and “The Yips”

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It’s every ballplayer’s worst nightmare. They pick up a baseball and get into the throwing position. They get the right grip on the ball. The leather is smooth. The stitches are raised and bumpy.  The ballplayer then goes into their windup and throws the ball.  But instead of going where they want it to, the […] READ MORE


Gone Batty: The History of the Baseball Bat

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Picture this: You are walking up to home plate. You glance at the mound and spot the hulking figure of Bob Gibson of the St. Louis Cardinals glaring at you as you make your way to the batter’s box. The crowd is hushed with expectant anticipation as you dig your back foot into the dirt. […] READ MORE


Bobblehead Mania

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The human head is attached to the spinal column via the first cervical vertebra. It is connected to the body by way of the neck, which is made up of muscles, nerves, and blood vessels. The bobblehead head is attached to the body with a spring. The spring makes it so that with the lightest […] READ MORE