Category Archive: Articles.2010-BRJ39-1

“Baseball people, as a rule, are generally allergic to new ideas.”

Stealing First Base

Why are there so few innovations to equipment and strategy in…
His 56-game hitting streak in 1941 was an unusual occurrence, but was it only a manifestation of pure chance?

More Thoughts on DiMaggio’s 56-Game Hitting Streak

Is a long hitting streak consistent with a random coin-tossing…
When confronted by a player or manager, he would offer to settle the matter with his fists, challenging the offender in his rich Irish accent. They called him “Sir Timothy” for his bearing and “Terrible Tim” for his temper.

The Green and the Blue: The Irish American Umpire, 1880–1965

Baseball provided an opportunity for Irishmen to participate…
shown with Jersey City officials, announced that, in 1956 through 1958, the Dodgers would play seven games each season in Jersey City and would have the option to continue the agreement for three years beyond that.

The Brooklyn Dodgers in Jersey City

As owner Walter O’Malley was jockeying with Robert Moses and…
was invented by Thomas H. Jackson of Scranton, Pennsylvania. He received a patent for it in 1913 and that summer began entertaining fans with his device in Atlantic City; Washington, D.C.; Rochester; and his own hometown.

Action Jackson: Watching Baseball Remotely, Before TV

Before the widespread use of action photography or motion pictures,…
The 94 ejections he accumulated throughout his 18-year managerial career still stands as the American League record.

Earl Weaver: Strategy, Innovation, and Ninety-Four Meltdowns

The Earl of Baltimore was one of the first managers to make extensive…
signed a major-league contract worth more than $15 million. It included a $7.5 million bonus, giving him both the largest contract in draft history and the largest bonus for a player who signed with the team that drafted him.

The History and Future of the Amateur Draft

The idea that the MLB amateur draft would be broadcast nationally…
In 2007, Padres ace led MLB with 27 Game Score Wins, against only 7 Game Score Losses.

Does “Game Score” Still Work in Today’s High-Offense Game?

Analyzing whether the "Game Score" stat Bill James made widely…
reportedly was offered bonuses of as much as $30,000, but chose to sign a contract for less in order not to be rushed into the big leagues.

Georgia’s 1948 Phenoms and the Bonus Rule

In 1948, Willard Nixon and Hugh Radcliffe were two of the nation's…
Denny McLain (NATIONAL BASEBALL HALL OF FAME LIBRARY)

The Real First-Year Player Draft

Nearly a decade before the amateur draft as we know it today,…
On Opening Day at the Polo Grounds against the Phillies in 1907, future Hall of Famer became the first catcher to wear the full suit of armor, or

The Evolution of Catcher’s Equipment

Catchers have always put their bodies on the line. But early…
At Municipal Stadium, Cleveland, July 30, 1954.

Larry Doby’s “The Catch”

Overshadowed three months later by arguably the greatest catch…
Before the 2010 season, Seattle signed the solid and versatile defender, who is a statistical match for the departed Adrian Beltre at third base.

The Hidden Value of Glovework

The key to competing efficiently is to get the biggest bang for…
Remembered more for his performance on the playing field than for his results as a manager. But in 1920–21 his personnel moves, tactics, and leadership generated outstanding results for the Cleveland Indians.

Manager Speaker

Tris Speaker is rarely considered a great manager, but his success…
In 1957, Rawlings established the award for the player who would be voted the best fielder at his position.

Measuring Defense: Entering the Zones of Fielding Statistics

A look at some of the new, and not so new, defensive metrics…
Large barrel of his “bottle bat” gave him a bigger striking surface.

Properties of Baseball Bats

Every batter has unique psychological approaches, swing mechanics,…
Baseball Research Journal, Summer 2010 (Vol. 39, No. 1)

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