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The History Of Baseball, In One Weird, Beautiful Drawing
October 31, 2013 8:10 AM   Subscribe

Craig Robinson of Flip Flop Fly Ball (previously: 1, 2, 3) takes to Deadspin to show off his latest creation, an Árbol de la Vida (Tree of Life) capturing many of baseball's important historical figures, places, and events.
posted by tonycpsu (17 comments total) 9 users marked this as a favorite

 
(Robinson stops by the Deadspin comments section to annotate the graphic. For once, read the comments.)
posted by tonycpsu at 8:14 AM on October 31, 2013


Chalet and beer mug from Milwaukee County Stadium

Aw, I miss County Stadium.



And now it's over, I miss baseball too.
posted by louche mustachio at 8:26 AM on October 31, 2013


Speaking of the comments, my favorite non-Robinson one killed me yesterday:

This is fantastic. Great stuff, I can tell you did a lot of research. Hey, quick question— are you the Zodiac Killer?

The palm trees for spring training and autumn trees for fall made me very happy for some reason.
posted by MCMikeNamara at 8:27 AM on October 31, 2013


That's really a not bad selection of players to represent the different eras of baseball. He didn't miss Pete Rose, he left out A. Rod, and the last representative of the Yankees is Billy Martin. Really perfect. He might have added one of the steroid eaters (McGwire or Bonds) though.
posted by three blind mice at 8:31 AM on October 31, 2013


three blind mice: " He might have added one of the steroid eaters (McGwire or Bonds) though."

Both of them are on the top branches.
posted by notsnot at 8:32 AM on October 31, 2013 [1 favorite]


The best part about today as a lifelong Cubs fan is that as of today all the teams are on equal footing for next season. That means the Cubs are number ONE baby!
posted by The 10th Regiment of Foot at 8:35 AM on October 31, 2013


Ah damn, on reading the Deadspin author's comments, that's Pujols, not McGwire, with the birds-on-bat shirt.
posted by notsnot at 8:40 AM on October 31, 2013


love this. my favorite detail is take me out to the ballgame on the trunk.
posted by nadawi at 8:48 AM on October 31, 2013


Both of them are on the top branches.

Thanks. I missed it. I see Bonds now, but that's Pujols in the Cardinal uniform.

So really a perfect selection!
posted by three blind mice at 8:49 AM on October 31, 2013 [1 favorite]


After last night's loss, but with the Blues hopefully making a Stanley Cup run (further than the first round), this takes a little of the sting out.

Of course, hard to feel down when your team made it to 4 World Series in the past 9 years.
posted by stltony at 9:28 AM on October 31, 2013


No Kirby Puckett? What?
posted by Ber at 10:37 AM on October 31, 2013


Only Mr. Met to represent the Mets? I love Flip Flop Fly Ball, but screw that.
posted by languagehat at 10:40 AM on October 31, 2013 [1 favorite]


Languagehat, who/what would you have used instead?
posted by cell divide at 12:01 PM on October 31, 2013


Darryl and/or Doc. Indisputably great players of the '80s.
posted by languagehat at 5:53 PM on October 31, 2013


That means the Cubs are number ONE baby!

I respectfully disagree. The Red Sox are #1 until Opening Day. THEN, everyone is on equal footing, when everyone has an 0-0 record.

(Not a Red Sox fan.)
posted by XhaustedProphet at 1:24 AM on November 1, 2013


I am a Red Sox fan, and kind of disappointed their only appearance on the tree is ManRam (Or Pedro? Not skinny enough), and not Teddy Ballgame, Cy Young, Cal Yastrzemski or David Ortiz, who was ethereally good during the World Series (.688, better than Babe Ruth's World Series batting average, and behind only Billy Hatcher, and somehow involved in almost every scoring play - he was getting it done for the team.)
posted by Slap*Happy at 4:53 AM on November 1, 2013


(No, wait, Williams is on there, NM. And it is Pedro and not Manny... which is good, but Ortiz would have been better emblematic of the new millennium.)
posted by Slap*Happy at 5:04 AM on November 1, 2013


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