Black Sox. Part I
Black Sox. Part II:
happened to the offense?
took away the 'roids. But what else?
The voices of
Last .400 Hitter
for all the major league parks: distance and height of the
orientation, average temperature, average
wind, altitude. Also shown: the parks' recent
tendency to enhance or suppress home runs by
"Hurricane" Hazle, the ultimate one-year
King and the Orator
Orator Jim O'Rourke was a
fine man who thought, as did his
grandchildren to their dying days, that he
had won the 1884 batting championship. Nah.
Sorry, O'Rourke. The batting average leader
was actually that legendary rapscallion King
Is Larry Walker a Hall of Famer?
A-Rod has still not told the truth
the surface, his career is similar to those
of Chuck Klein and Duke Snider, Hall of
Famers, but how do his stats look when Coors
is factored out?
performance did NOT improve in Texas. His home
Year of the 180-Foot Homer
Stockings put up some sweet numbers in 1884,
when they played in a park too small for
Analysis: How far can a major leaguer
actually hit a baseball
sluggers were more or less powerful than you
question. Assume an indoor stadium at sea
level, therefore no wind and a steady
temperature. What's the maximum distance a man
can drive the ball?
bizarre 1926 NL batting championship.
home/road data allows a new level of insight
into this question.
extraordinary career of Danny "Suits" Sparrow.
league leaders in the 1920s usually consist of
familiar HOF names, but something weird and
sort of wonderful happened in 1926.
Nostalgia: Looking back at the Summer of '41
inherited my love of baseball from my late dad
who, according to no less an authority than
himself, was the greatest player of them all.
I obviously didn't inherit any of his talent,
except for the bullshitting.
It is the
Diamond Anniversary of baseball's greatest
Nostalgia: Mickey Mantle card goes for half a
If you have the
two most valuable Mickey Mantle cards, you
have made more on Mickey's career than he
Nostalgia: Now pinch-hitting for Frank
Saucier was on the cover of The Sporting
News. In August, he was pulled for a 3'7"
history: The great pitching season you never
18 wins and a
2.48 ERA? Nothing special, right?
Nostalgia: Brooklyn: there used to be a
Remembering past glories.
Baseball history: The worst hitters of all time.
Who would you want in the
batter's box - assuming you bet on the other
Nostalgia: My favorite major leaguer: Tony Suck.
Was he the worst hitter in
history? Maybe, maybe not. But he sure lived
up to his name.
Nostalgia: Norm Siebern and Jerry Lumpe,
conjoined twins of post-war baseball.
Sometimes two names are
history: How exactly did the Dodgers blow the
the days before Sabermetrics, manager Charlie
Dressen made just about every miscalculation
Speculation: Are the Price and Greinke contracts
There are several pitchers
with very comparable careers to Price and
Greinke at their current ages. What did they
do for the remainder of their careers?
Why didn't DiMaggio get into the HOF on the
think of it in modern terms! Remember against
whom he was competing.
Is starting pitching more valuable in
the regular season than in the playoffs?
happened to the offense?
on how you word the question. All forms of
talent are more important in the regular
season, assuming you define "more important"
as "more likely to ensure success."
Analysis. Reflection on Joe
DiMaggio's 56 game streak.
2000, offensive production has been declining
rapidly. What is changing in baseball (besides
taking away the steroids)?
unlikely was it? Were there any less likely
hitting streaks of 30 or more games? What was
the most likely hitting streak? Do any modern
players have a shot at the Big 56?