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Exerted unprecedented influence through Tammany Hall and drew the ire of political cartoonist Thomas Nast.

Baseball and Tammany Hall

In the early days of New York City, baseball and politics were…
While managing Cleveland in 1883 he was quoted as saying Baltimore’s problem may have been, “it is said they drink occasionally.”

Beer Tanks and Barbed Wire: Bill Barnie and Baltimore

Billie Barnie was 30 years old when he took the helm of the Baltimore…
In 1892, he played for the Gorhams and then the Cuban Giants on his way to a Hall of Fame career.

May The Best Man Win: The Black Ball Championships 1866–1923

African-Americans were prohibited from participation in the major…
HOFer notched two 20-loss seasons in the 1970s for the Atlanta Braves, in 1977 and 1979.

20-Game Loser: Profiles of the 20-Loss Seasons

It has become almost as rare as the major-league Triple Crown,…
Purchased in 1917, but was shuttled to the Red Sox by 1920 in the deal that brought Wally Schang to the Bronx.

Yankees Catchers During the Miller Huggins Era

Until the emergence of Hall of Famer Bill Dickey, Miller Huggins…
Had to fight for a slot in the Giants' outfield, but eventually took the right-field job and appeared in an all-Alou outfield a few times with brothers Mateo (Matty) and Jesus.

Felipe Alou

When Felipe Alou arrived in the United States in the spring of…
May have lost his case for free agency in the 1972 Supreme Court case, but the players ultimately won the war.

Society and Baseball Face Rising Income Inequality

Data clearly show that the United States has been experiencing…
Though it was devastating when Slaughter scored from first on a Harry Walker double in 1946, the Red Sox were never as close to winning the championship as they were in 1986.

“Recorded Games of Frustration”: Win Expectancy and the Boston Red Sox

Leight Montville once wrote that the Red Sox were never closer…
Set a major league record with 383 strikeouts in 1973, along with two of his record seven no-hitters.

Revisiting Nolan Ryan in 1973: The Quest for 400 Strikeouts

Had Nolan Ryan been afforded the same luxury of facing his mound…
When he retired in 1945, his 534 home runs were No. 2 all-time behind Babe Ruth.

Double X and His Lost Dingers

In the baseball season of 1932, Jimmie Foxx—known then and…
He led the Dodgers to the 1947 pennant, so why wonder whether another manager might have been better?

Managing the 1947 Dodgers: The “People’s Choice”

Was Burt Shotton the best person to manage the Brooklyn Dodgers…
holds the first modern assigned win in baseball history, April 18, 1950.

Origin of the Modern Pitching Win

A recurring question among SABR members in recent years involves…

Batting Out-of-Turn Results in Great Confusion

The batting out-of-turn (BOOT) rule has been a continuing source…

Two Home Runs That Never Were

Four well-known and widely respected baseball reference books…
The official records of 16 of Ruth’s 22 major-league seasons contain incorrect RBI totals, according to SABR member Herm Krabbenhoft.

The Accurate RBI Record of Babe Ruth

Babe Ruth was one of the most iconic players in baseball, and…
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