Category Archives: Baseball

Re-Direct: In the Batter’s Box


It’s the home opener for the Washington Nationals today so I thought it would be interesting to point readers to this blog post concerning two of my favorite subjects: baseball and aerospace. This post was written by archivist Elizabeth Borja of the … Continue reading

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Bill Veeck’s Rules of Etiquette for Baseball Owners


When Bill Veeck was inducted into the MLB Hall of Fame in 1991 his widow, Mary-Frances Veeck, offered some interesting comments about how he conducted himself, offering twelve commandments of professional life. They were, in essence, Veeck’s rules of etiquette … Continue reading

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Why Do Teams Leave their Host Cities: Major League Baseball in St. Louis as a Case Study


Between 1902 and 1954 the American League and the National League franchises in St. Louis competed for control of the fans in the city. The National League’s Cardinals eventually won that competition, forcing the Browns to leave for Baltimore where … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Seasons in Hell: With Billy Martin, Whitey Herzog, and “The Worst Baseball Teams in History”—The 1973-1975 Texas Rangers”


Seasons in Hell: With Billy Martin, Whitey Herzog, and “The Worst Baseball Teams in History”—The 1973-1975 Texas Rangers. By Mike Shropshire. New York: Donald I. Fine, 1996. As a Texas Rangers beat reporter for the Fort Worth Star-Telegram in 1973 Mike … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “The Home Run Heard Round the World: The Dramatic Story of the 1951 Giants-Dodgers Pennant Race”


The Home Run Heard Round the World: The Dramatic Story of the 1951 Giants-Dodgers Pennant Race. By Ray Robinson. Mineola, NY: Dover Publications, 2011 ed. This is a classic work of baseball history. Originally published in 1991, it tells the … Continue reading

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Cardinals vs. Red Sox: Four World Series now Tied Between the Two Teams


The St. Louis Cardinals and the Boston Red Sox have played four World Series against each other—1946, 1967, 2004, and 2013—and each team has now won two each. The Cards took the first two, but the Red Sox have demonstrated … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Drama and Pride in the Gateway City: The 1964 St. Louis Cardinals”


Drama and Pride in the Gateway City: The 1964 St. Louis Cardinals. Edited by John Harry Stahl and Bill Nowlin. Lincoln: University of Nebraska Press, 2013. A number of years ago the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR) began partnering … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “Taking on the Yankees: Winning and Losing in the Business of Baseball, 1903-2003″


Taking on the Yankees: Winning and Losing in the Business of Baseball, 1903-2003. By Henry D. Fetter. New York: W.W. Norton and Co., 2003. A lot of water has passed under the bridge since this book was published a decade … Continue reading

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Wednesday’s Book Review: “The 1972 Detroit Tigers”


The 1972 Detroit Tigers: Billy Martin and the Half-Game Champs. By Todd Masters. Jefferson, NC: McFarland and Co., 2010. The Detroit Tigers were an unlikely victor in the American League East in 1972. Viewed by almost everyone at the start … Continue reading

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Roger’s 2013 Mid-Season Power Rankings


We are now at the mid-point of the 2013 major league baseball season—time flies—and I feel the need to offer my power rankings for the best teams as the season pauses for the All Star game. Some of my favorite … Continue reading

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