Category Archive: Articles.2011-BRJ40-1

Shown in 1912, when he hit .309 with 11 homers (third-best in the NL), 84 RBI, and 37 steals and finished 18th in MVP voting. Pretty good for a “bonehead.”

A Baseball with a Story: Fireworks in Philadelphia, July 4, 1911

The old ball was perched on a low, dusty shelf in a not very…

Sid Loberfeld: Brooklyn’s Early Radio Baseball Broadcaster

In the history of New York baseball broadcasting, Sid Loberfeld…
Hall of Fame lefty was twice victimized by batters swinging at intentional balls.

Surprise Swings at Intentional Balls

In 2009, on SABR-L (SABR’s online listserv), Trent McCotter…

The Infinitely Long MLB Plate Appearance

To those who live and breathe baseball as I do, the game was…

Choosing Among Winners of the 1981 AL ERA Title

The strike-shortened 1981 season resulted in confusion as to…

Interesting Inter-American League Items

Editor's note: This article is a sidebar to John Cronin's "When…
spent several decades in baseball, forever clinging to his dream of a professional summer league in Latin America.

When a Dream Plays Reality in Baseball: Roberto Maduro and the Inter-American League

Independent minor leagues returned to the baseball landscape…
Left to right: Chris Guccione, Brian O’Nora, Phil Cuzzi, and Jerry Crawford

Observations of Umpires at Work

PREFACE By Tom Larwin This article is a summary of observations…

Modeling Perfect Games and No-Hitters in Baseball

Through Major League Baseball’s first 134 years, 1876–2009,…

Now I Can Die In Peace

You the living, you’re stuck here with the Cubs, So it’s…

Why A Curse Need Not Be Invoked To Explain The Cubs' Woes

The most striking facet of the Chicago Cubs’ long-term underachievement…

29 Years and Counting: A Visit With Longtime Cubs Scout Billy Blitzer

The 2011 season marks Billy Blitzer’s 29th consecutive year…

Growing Up With The 1950s Cubs

For a youngster passionately devoted to baseball and living on…

The Chicago Cubs and 'The Headshrinker': An Early Foray into Sports Psychology

The 1937 season had been frustrating for the Chicago Cubs. After…
Fans depart Wrigley Field via the diamond. Note the temporary bleachers set up beyond the left field wall on Waveland Avenue as well as the “jury box” section in left-center field.

Wrigley Field: A Century of Survival

On January 22, 1914, Charlie Weeghman leased land to build a…

Weathering Spring Training: The Chicago Federals in Shreveport, Louisiana, 1914

INTRODUCTION Someone should have told Charles H. Weeghman to…
The defensive heart of the 1906–10 Cubs.

The 1906-10 Chicago Cubs: The Best Team in National League History

Joe Tinker, Johnny Evers, and Frank Chance — the defensive…

Chicago's Role in Early Professional Baseball

Chicago’s first professional baseball club was founded following…

The Cubs Fan Paradox: Why Would Anyone Root For Losers?

Cubs fans raise a fundamental question about the nature of games…
Baseball Research Journal, Spring 2011 (Vol. 40, No. 1)

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