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When Sandy Koufax dominated the hapless New York Mets for his first no-hitter

When Sandy Koufax dominated the hapless New York Mets for his first no-hitter
February 5, 2014 4 Comments »

At the start of the 1962 season, Sandy Koufax was a .500 pitcher with an ERA just below 4 runs per game. Far from being a superstar or a household name, Koufax was considered a disappointment, a 25-year old lefty ... Read More »

When four Orioles’ pitchers won their 20th game in the same week

When four Orioles’ pitchers won their 20th game in the same week
January 14, 2014 No Comments »

If a pitcher wins 20 games today they’re automatically a favorite to win the Cy Young Award. They’re the ace of their staff, too. But what if your team has four 20-game winners? That happened with the Baltimore Orioles in ... Read More »

Maddux leads Class of 2014: Baseball Hall of Fame results

Maddux leads Class of 2014: Baseball Hall of Fame results
January 8, 2014 No Comments »

Get ready Cooperstown, Mad Dog is coming to town! Former pitcher Greg Maddux leads the 2014 Baseball Hall of Fame class, having earned huge support in his first year on the ballot, though 16 voters failed to name him on ... Read More »

Mad Dog and Big Hurt: How the 2014 Hall of Fame vote will turn out

Mad Dog and Big Hurt: How the 2014 Hall of Fame vote will turn out
January 5, 2014 No Comments »

This Wednesday afternoon we’ll learn who will be elected to the National Baseball Hall of Fame by the baseball writers. As I did last year, I will try to predict the final outcome. Last year we got the “Big Six” ... Read More »

When judging candidates, does it matter who’s already in the Hall of Fame?

When judging candidates, does it matter who’s already in the Hall of Fame?
January 30, 2013 2 Comments »

Baseball fans love to argue about the Hall of Fame. No one really cares (nor knows much) about the Football Hall of Fame or any of the other Hall of Fames. But Cooperstown is magical. It’s the oldest of the ... Read More »

How to upgrade the Baseball Hall of Fame election process

How to upgrade the Baseball Hall of Fame election process
January 11, 2013 No Comments »

There’s no shortage of outrage over the recent Baseball Hall of Fame election. Some are upset that their favorite candidate didn’t get in, some are outraged that the “steroid guys” got too many votes, some that they got too few. ... Read More »

2013 Baseball Hall of Fame election results

2013 Baseball Hall of Fame election results
January 9, 2013 2 Comments »

The voters have spoken. In one of the most anticipated elections in the history of the Baseball Hall of Fame, no one was elected. This is only the 8th time that no player was elected by the baseball writers. Here ... Read More »

Marvin Miller’s impact on baseball should be honored in Cooperstown

Marvin Miller’s impact on baseball should be honored in Cooperstown
November 28, 2012 No Comments »

No less a respected baseball observer than Red Barber once wrote that “Marvin Miller, along with Babe Ruth and Jackie Robinson, is one of the three most important men in baseball history.” If that’s true, and an examination of the ... Read More »

O’Doul’s exclusion from Hall of Fame ballot is a mistake

O’Doul’s exclusion from Hall of Fame ballot is a mistake
November 13, 2012 12 Comments »

Next month in Nashville, the National Baseball Hall of Fame will announce the results of voting for the Pre-Integration Era ballot. Ten candidates are on the ballot, which was selected by an 11-person panel of baseball historians. Those historians dropped ... Read More »

Oops! My baseball card is wrong

Oops! My baseball card is wrong
November 9, 2012 No Comments »

How would you want to be associated with the phrase “Fuck Face” for much of your professional career? Billy Ripken had no choice in 1989 when baseball card company Fleer printed a card with him holding a bat that had ... Read More »