Archive for May 2016

A history of the almost-lost art of hitting home runs inside the park.

By these reckonings, it’s all about just showing up.

The Yogi Berra-Samuel Goldwyn confluence.

How often does the MVP win the Silver Slugger and/or Gold Glove?

The venerable “runners left on base” statistic tells a story — but an incomplete one.

The curious case of an obscure utility infielder’s record hot streak.

In a good year for hitters, a career season was all but overlooked.

Call it the ‘tallest midget in the circus’ award, but some winners have been surprisingly good with the bat.

The pitchers who did the most with the fewest pitches.

Willie McCovey spent just two months in the big leagues in 1959, but what rookie was better?

We have some mobster-ish nicknames for ballplayers. You got a problem with that?

Bernie Brewer, one of baseball’s oldest mascots, has lived in a trailer, a chalet and a dugout — and under suspicion.

The old man as a young manager — when he wore a uniform.

Who goes from playing in the majors to calling balls and strikes, safe or out? Just a few men.

Lardner was the first baseball writer to break through to literary respectability.

Baseball and soap operas have more in common than you’d think.

Team shops and wretched excess.

Casey Stengel at the bat: Better than you think.

A pioneering relief pitcher had far more wins than saves in his most remarkable season.

What were the odds that that a couple of 30-something rookies would win 20 for a mediocre team?