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Birmingham Hosts a Baseball Game for the Ages

Keith Thomson | Posted 05.31.2016 | Sports
Keith Thomson

In 1991, Chicago's Comiskey Park became a parking lot (for the new Comiskey Park). Thus Birmingham, Alabama's Rickwood Field, which turns 106 this season, earned the distinction of America's Oldest Professional Baseball Stadium.

Tomorrow: This Season's Best Baseball Game

Keith Thomson | Posted 05.26.2016 | Sports
Keith Thomson

On Wednesday, May 27 at 12:30 p.m., the Birmingham Barons, currently 21-24 in the Southern League (AA-level minors), will host the last-place Jacksonville Suns. In and of itself, no, it's not the Game of the Year. Still, if you can see just one game in 2015, this is it. Because it's the only game of the year at Rickwood Field.

The 50 Greatest Baseball Books of All Time

Peter Dreier | Posted 06.06.2015 | Sports
Peter Dreier

The baseball season is now upon us. "Whoever wants to know the heart and mind of America had better learn baseball," wrote Columbia University scholar Jacques Barzun in 1954.

'Not Exactly Cooperstown' Celebrates Baseball's Rebels and Renegades

Peter Dreier | Posted 04.15.2014 | Sports
Peter Dreier

Based in Pasadena, the Baseball Reliquary includes a research archive, a traveling museum, and the Shrine of the Eternals, the organization's alternative to baseball's official Hall of Fame in Cooperstown.

The Last Game at Yankee Stadium, September 21, 2008

Anne Margaret Daniel | Posted 01.23.2014 | Sports
Anne Margaret Daniel

September 21, 2008. A gorgeous summery day in the Bronx. Sunshine, and scattered harmless clouds in the sky. The bat, its white-taped hilt towering above the rubble and fencing around its base.

Review: Satchel: The Life and Times of an American Legend

Julio Pabon | Posted 04.01.2013 | Sports
Julio Pabon

Satchel started to play baseball straight out of the Alabama Juvenile Reform School in 1926, the same year that marked the beginning of Jim Crow laws segregating blacks, and pitched his last game in 1965.

SABR 42: Right on Target

Jeff Polman | Posted 09.05.2012 | Sports
Jeff Polman

It was in the mid-80s and fairly humid, but even though my sun lotion-less arms got burned, I felt nothing. This was only my second SABR convention, and magic was clearly happening.

Collecting and Letting Go of My Friend's Dirty Laundry

Steven White | Posted 07.16.2012 | Sports
Steven White

Given the collection I have amassed of sweat stained caps, grass stained pants and dirty shirts with other men's last names emblazoned on the backs, it was a difficult charge to refute.

The First Athletes Ever And 7 Other Moments In Sports History

John G. Fox | Posted 07.14.2012 | Home
John G. Fox

"Why do we play ball?" That was the heady question my then 7-year-old son tossed out to me one day during an innocent game of backyard catch. As a father, anthropologist, and sports fan, I couldn't resist the call of duty to set off in search of an answer.

Where Have You Gone, Marvelous Marv?

Bruce Nash | Posted 06.27.2012 | Sports
Bruce Nash

Ever since players began earning enough money to stuff a fleet of Brinks' trucks, the major leagues have lost something that made the game so entertaining and unpredictable -- the childlike antics, the unpredictable recklessness, the joyous mischief of baseball's now-vanishing characters.

Penultimate: Greatest Game 6 Moments In World Series History

The Huffington Post | Chris Greenberg | Posted 12.27.2011 | Sports

Save the best for last? Not exactly. With the exceptions of its inaugural edition in 1903 and a three-year stretch from 1919-21, when it was a nin...

A Tale of Two (or Three) Cities

Larry Abrams | Posted 05.25.2011 | Sports
Larry Abrams

As the Labor Day weekend drew to a close, the baseball pennant races in both Leagues kicked into gear. Especially in the National League, where it appears most of the action is this season.