Ties in Baseball (and Beyond)

By Erik M. Jensen

This article was published in the Fall 2018 Baseball Research Journal.

It’s often said that there are no ties in baseball. If a game is deadlocked after nine innings, you keep playing until someone wins. That’s the general rule, to be sure, but tie games have occurred in the past, for all sorts of special reasons. And the neck tie, the real subject of this essay, has played a role in the lives of some prominent baseball guys (and others as well). It’s often said that there are no ties in baseball. If a game is deadlocked after nine innings, . . .

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