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Publication covering sports, fitness and history.

Articles from Vol. 17, No. 1, Fall

Baseball and Dissent: The Vietnam Experience
Following the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor, the Sporting News, speaking for the baseball establishment, editorialized that the sport would do its part in the war effort, asserting that "in all the history of baseball there never was a conscientious...
Baseball's Great Hitting Barrage of the 1990s (and beyond) Reexamined
In an article published in NINE in 2002, we examined what we called "Baseball's Great Hitting Barrage of the 1990s." (1) In addition to offering statistical support for the claim that there was an unusual amount of offensive productivity in the 1994...
Baseball's Limitless Dramatic Possibilities: Keynote Speech to the Fourteenth Annual Nine Spring Training Conference, March 17, 2007
It's not supposed to be good form for a speaker to tell an audience he's nervous, but I am. I shouldn't be. I'm not a professional speaker, but I've talked before, an average of maybe once a year or so, going back a few years. So I shouldn't be nervous....
Branch Rickey's Equation Fifty Years Later
INTRODUCTION In a 1954 Life magazine article, Branch Rickey introduced an equation relating a baseball team's performance in a season to various measures of offense and defense. One of his findings was that on-base percentage dominates batting average...
Diamond Quotes
"The fans like to see home runs, and we have assembled a pitching staff for their enjoyment." CLARK GRIFFITH "Managing is getting paid for home runs someone else hits." CASEY STENGEL "Honestly, at one time I thought Babe Ruth was a cartoon...
From the Dugout to the Classroom: Why Good Baseball Coaches Have Much to Offer Good Professors
Professors are many things. We are scholars who publish. We engage in service on our campuses and in our communities. But we are teachers first and foremost. We prepare young people to be successful in the classroom as well as in society. Despite what...
George Sheldon; Marketing the Aluminum Bat
Although a patent for a metal baseball bat was first issued in 1924, it was nearly fifty years before one was used in a baseball game. There wasn't much interest in developing a metal bat until the 1960s, when some companies began to look for an economical...
Rumors and Facts: William Clarence Matthews's 1905 Challenge to Major League Baseball's Color Barrier
Rumors sometimes have a basis in fact, and sometimes rumors are pure fiction, made up, irresponsible, serving commercial, political, or personal ends. In 1905, one of baseball's most compelling rumors involved the imminent entry into the major leagues...
The Alomars: On Baseball, Parenting, and Being Puerto Rican
One of the traditional roles that fathers assume is that of advisor or role model for their sons, especially in terms of career choices. Savannah Williams and Wayne Patterson's essay, "In His Father's Spike Marks: Parental Influences on the Choice...
The Optimist: Baseball Themes in Bert J. Griswold's Fort Wayne Editorial Cartoons
In Bert J. Griswold's entire journalistic career he never admitted to being a baseball fan, but surely he was. As a daily cartoonist for two Fort Wayne, Indiana, newspapers, he routinely incorporated images of baseball into his work to help explain...
The Saints on Sunday: Ballparks and Sabbatarianism in St. Paul
In the industrializing United States of a century ago, play and recreation became commodities--even on Sunday. This development challenged a Christian America that held the entire Sabbath sacred. Mass-market toys, like popular Noah's ark sets whose...
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