In 2003, Major League Baseball ran a testing survey to see if they had a steroid problem. They did
, but the names of the 104 players testing positive were kept secret. Today, one of the names was revealed: Alex Rodriguez
posted by Stylus Happenstance
on Feb 7, 2009 -
Flash Halloween Friday Fun: Zombie Baseball
. John and Sam are the only remaining humans left on Earth due to a horrible virus gone wrong. Sam drops baseballs and you (playing John) hit them into zombies...Rinse and Repeat! The obligatory upgrades and special bats as you increase levels.
posted by schyler523
on Oct 31, 2008 -
One hundred years ago today, September 23, 1908, the Chicago Cubs played the New York Giants at the Polo Grounds. In one of the best seasons in baseball history, the two teams were in a hot pennant race - separated by one game with two weeks left in the season. What happened next is one of the most famous blunders
(if it even was a blunder
) in baseball history. [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket
on Sep 23, 2008 -
Baseball behind barbed wire.
Japanese-Americans brought baseball with them when they emigrated to America. The game had been introduced to Japan, so the story goes
, by American Professor Horace Wilson in the 1870s. When Japanese nationals and Japanese-Americans were relocated to internment camps during World War II, playing baseball was one of the few freedoms allowed them by camp directors. [more inside]
posted by nanojath
on Aug 19, 2008 -
"The pervasive narcissism and cartoon chest-thumping of young black culture no longer jibes with what's essentially a sacrificial game. Basketball hawks the individual star. Football offers glamour jobs like quarterback, running back, receiver. For baseball, meanwhile, sacrifice is an actual statistic: The best fail in 70 percent of their at-bats. 'The thing about baseball is that it's such a team sport,' Philadelphia's Rollins told Sports Illustrated. 'And when you're in the inner city, it's all about being the man, about establishing your strength as an individual. So how can you be the man? You want that ball in your hands with three seconds on the clock to take the shot, or you want the football under your arm. That's how.'
Race, class, families, fathers, and baseball: Where Have All the Black Guys Gone?
posted by mudpuppie
on Jun 13, 2008 -
Barry Bonds has broken the all-time record with the benefit of a controversial
technological revolution in the game, derided by traditionalists:
The Maple Baseball Bat.
Using technology and woodworking techniques pioneered by Sam Bat,
Bonds helped develop and popularize the bats that are just as responsible for the advent of the Juiced Ball Era
as, well, the other thing.
posted by Slap*Happy
on Aug 7, 2007 -
"Van Lingle Mungo"
written in 1969 by the nostalgic, baseball-loving jazz composer David Frishberg [wiki]
. [Rhapsody link to the whole song.]
Frishberg on meeting the ex-Dodgers hurler after whom he named his tune:
“Backstage, Mungo asked me when he would see some remuneration for the song. When he heard my explanation about how there was unlikely to be any remuneration for anyone connected with the song, least of all him, he was genuinely downcast. ‘But it’s my name,’ he said. I told him, ‘The only way you can get even is to go home and write a song called Dave Frishberg.’" Further elaboration: The Baseball Analysts on "Van Lingle Mungo."
posted by kosem
on Jul 27, 2007 -