Carl Sagan & Baseball

Carl Sagan was awesome. He “simultaneously emphasiz[ed] the value and worthiness of the human race, and the relative insignificance of the Earth in comparison to the universe.” This complexity aligns him with the aesthetics of NotGraphs, where we both celebrate the wondrous oddities of a human-made game (see any number of Carson Cistulli’s posts), and yet are all too aware of our insignificance as individuals and as a race of beings (see any number of Dayn Perry’s posts).


Baseballs and planets: of the same stuff.
All-Stars literary made of star stuff.

Thanks to the breadth of his career — he made science more appealing to the masses perhaps more than any other American scientist to date — and a dedicated following, he is not without connection to baseball. Consider this cartoon, inspired by Sagan, which depicts what baseball would be like on the Martian moon of Phobos. (Sorry, the video was not embeddable.)

He was immortalized [further] in collector’s card form by the same company that documents our favorite ball players (and squirrels), which you can purchase for your very own collection here.


Heavy hitter.

In his book, The Dragons of Eden, Sagan weighs in on why sports are so popular in contemporary cultures across the world, suggesting that modern athletes would have played the vital role of hunters in early human societies — a similarly admired lot. (Thanks to the According to Carl Sagan blog for this one.)

You can purchase Carl Sagan’s face on a baseball T.

And now, thanks to NotGraphs, you can have a jpeg of Carl Sagan wearing the cap of your favorite baseball team. Leave a comment, and I will email you said jpeg.


Naturally, Houston.


His roots, or closest to them.



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Max
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Max

I’ll take a Reds one! That’s so cool.

Fletch
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Fletch

I’d love a Dodgers one! This is just unfairly awesome…

Scrumptious post Mr. Baumann!

bickles
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bickles

Gotta have a Brewers one!

ppabich
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ppabich

Angels Please!

I love the way Sagan says the word, Cosmos.

Ian G.
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Ian G.

I’ll take a Phillies one, please.

Del B. Vista
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Del B. Vista

I don’t know what use I’d ever have of Carl Sagan wearing a Washington Nationals hat, but give me the pleasure of figuring that out down the road.

Perhaps a page with billions and billions of Nats hat-wearing Sagans?

Del B. Vista
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Del B. Vista

don.hammack (at) gmail

MikeS
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MikeS

Greatest. Post. Ever.

White Sox, please.

me
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me

I would love to have one of him in an ATL cap. Thanks a million! This was already one of my favorite websites, but this seals the deal!

Romogenized Melk
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Romogenized Melk

Giants please!

I’m going to make it my profile picture for anything that ever requires a profile picture.

Thanks Robert!

Nu?! Billy Baroo
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Nu?! Billy Baroo

His wife used to live next door to my brother in law in Amherst, MA,…

I’ll take BoSox for $100, Alex.

Yeager
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Yeager

Phillies please. I’d start him over Kendrick.

Brian
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Brian

Indians please, great great idea… can you do Feynman next?

MDL
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MDL

Yes, please! Feynman was awesome.

Mart
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Mart

Stellar post!

Reds please.

Quirmulous
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Quirmulous

A Brewers one would be sweet.

Illinois glass M. Michael Sheets
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Illinois glass M. Michael Sheets

If you could put him in a trucker’s hat with the Fangraphs logo on it that would be super … Otherwise, I would appreciate him in this “I <3 Chorizo" baseball cap.
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Chris K
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Chris K

Yeah, I’ll take a [White] Sox one, too!

To hit a 91 mph cut fastball, you must first invent the universe!

terencemann
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terencemann

Am I really the first Cubs fan to ask? Cubs, please.

Evan
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Evan

I’d love to get one of Sagan in a Nats hat!

olethros
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olethros

Cardinals

nilbog44
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nilbog44

Cubs please. Thanks man

Navin Vaswani
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I’m late, but, BLUE JAYS.

Jesus Loves Yu
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Jesus Loves Yu

I don’t know you, but you’re clearly the man. Royals, please and thank you. steveslye@gmail.com

Petulant Frenzies
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Petulant Frenzies

Boston Red Sox please.

Or Chico’s Bail Bonds.

Or both.

Brett G
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Brett G

Indians for me as well, please! (Is block C possible?)

RA Rowe
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RA Rowe

Doesn’t he look like John Franco in the Mets hat?

This begs the question, is putting on a Mets hat all it takes to look like John Franco?

Universe!!!!!

RA Rowe
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RA Rowe

Oh and I’ll take uhh, a glazed twist…

hmm… a buttermilk bar…

a, uhh, bearclaw, two apple fritters aaaaaaand
6 donut holes.

*20 cent tip*

Kris
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Kris

Mariners!

Mathew
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Mathew

Despite their every attempt to draw my scorn this year, I’d still appreciate a Carl Sagan in a Colorado Rockies hat. Thanks, Robert!

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