Spring 2011 Baseball Research Journal
Volume 40, Issue 1
- Wrigley Field: A Century of Survival
- Weathering Spring Training: The Chicago Federals in Shreveport, Louisiana, 1914
The 1906-10 Chicago Cubs: The Best Team in National League History
Once upon a time, the Chicago Cubs dominated the world. They were the best team in baseball not just for the one incredible year of 1906, but for five years, winning nearly 70 percent of their games, four National League pennants, and two World Series.
- Chicago's Role in Early Professional Baseball
The Cubs Fan Paradox: Why Would Anyone Root For Losers?
Cubs fans raise a fundamental question about the nature of games and spectatorship. It seems paradoxical for a franchise that hasn’t won a World Series since 1908, or a National League pennant since 1945, to have such a large, loyal, and vocal fan base, not just on the North Side of Chicago but nationwide.
- A Baseball with a Story: Fireworks in Philadelphia, July 4, 1911
- Sid Loberfeld: Brooklyn’s Early Radio Baseball Broadcaster
Surprise Swings at Intentional Balls
Compiling an in-progress list of all known instances of a batter taking a swing while being walked intentionally.
The Infinitely Long MLB Plate Appearance
A standard baseball plate appearance, with its strategic mix of balls, strikes, and foul balls can — mathematically — take an infinitely long time to complete … in fact, four times infinitely long to complete, which is just infinitely long. Here's how.
- Choosing Among Winners of the 1981 AL ERA Title
- The Marathon Game: Endless Baseball, its Prelude, and its Aftermath in the 1909 Three-I League
- Interesting Inter-American League Items
- When a Dream Plays Reality in Baseball: Roberto Maduro and the Inter-American League
- Observations of Umpires at Work
- The Longest Streaks of Consecutive Games in Which a Detroit Tiger Has Scored a Run (1920–44)
The Authorized Correction of Errors in Runs Scored in the Official Records (1920–44) for Detroit Tigers Players
The run is the most fundamental and the most important statistic in baseball. Regrettably, clerical errors have been made in the process of crediting the runs scored by the individual players in MLB’s official records. This article presents results from a comprehensive investigation of the accuracy of the official baseball records for runs scored by Detroit Tigers players.
- Modeling Perfect Games and No-Hitters in Baseball
Now I Can Die In Peace
Any Red Sox fan with a few years under their cap identified with Cubs fans. Even if they couldn’t name a single player in the NL Central, Red Sox fans knew in their hearts that the Cubs were “their” National League team. Until 2004.
Why A Curse Need Not Be Invoked To Explain The Cubs' Woes
The most striking facet of the Chicago Cubs’ long-term underachievement has been the team’s lack of World Series success. But just how improbable is the Cubs’ run of failure in the Fall Classic?
- 29 Years and Counting: A Visit With Longtime Cubs Scout Billy Blitzer
- Growing Up With The 1950s Cubs
- The Chicago Cubs and 'The Headshrinker': An Early Foray into Sports Psychology
Henry Chadwick Award: J.G. Taylor Spink
As publisher of The Sporting News from 1914 until his death in 1962, Spink oversaw production of a weekly newspaper so indispensable to the baseball fraternity that it was venerated for decades as the “Bible of Baseball.”
- Henry Chadwick Award: Clifford S. Kachline
- Henry Chadwick Award: John B. Holway
- Henry Chadwick Award: Sean Forman
- Henry Chadwick Award: Charles C. Alexander