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


The Pine Tar Incident: Sticky World of Pine Tar

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We’ve all seen the video of an irate George Brett of the Kansas City Royals charging out of the dugout and confronting umpire Tim McClelland (and if you haven’t it’s worth a YouTube search). Brett had just hit a go-ahead two-run home run in the ninth inning against the New York Yankees. Yankees manager, the […] 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


Braves by Decade: 1980s

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The 1980s were an interesting time, to say the least. In world politics, The Cold War was becoming rather lukewarm. The United States had entered the final stretch of its silent fight with the Soviet Union. In pop culture: guitar solos, humongous hair, and multicolored latex lit up the Sunset Strip. Bands like Van Halen, […] READ MORE


Cheating in Baseball: A Very Personal Chronicle

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I am a cheater. I confess to cheating during JUCO sanctioned games in the mid-80’s by stuffing two tennis balls into the barrel of my old green Easton 35/31. The balls were spaced to roughly frame the sweet spot of the bat. A little super glue sealed the cap back on and I went on […] READ MORE