Category Archives: Baseball

In Search of the Random

Tweet Baseball’s annual encounter with randomness is well underway. I’ve already written about this – here and here. But the baseball playoffs allow revisiting the topic. Baseball is a sport where the best team loses almost as many games as it wins. Thus, a very large sample size is required to determine which team is…


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Jackie Robinson and 42

Tweet I went to see the new movie about Jackie Robinson with reluctance and trepidation. Robinson was the hero of my youth. I remember his first season in Brooklyn vividly. He was an athletic hero who really was a hero. I was worried that Hollywood would mess up his story. The film focuses on Robinson’s signing by…


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Why the Baseball Playoffs are an Elaborate Coin Toss

Tweet Consider this: According to Elias, out of the 52 best-of-seven series in baseball history to be tied 2-2 after four games, as this one was, the winner of Game 5 went on to win the series 36 times, or 69 percent of the time… The author of this insight got paid for making it. A…


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Duke Snider – RIP

Tweet Duke Snider, one of my boyhood heroes died today; he was 84. I’ve already written about him and the rest of the Brooklyn Dodgers – here.  One of the great players on a great team. He was a power hitter who fielded with grace. He played on a team that was from another world….


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Baseball Hall of Fame Permanently Contaminated

Tweet Walter O’Malley was recently inducted into Baseball’s Hall of Fame. If you grew up in Brooklyn when the Brooklyn Dodgers were still there as I did there is no worse villain than Walter O’Malley. O’Malley’s  election to baseball’s Hall of Fame is as apposite as the Pope bestowing sainthood on Vladimir Putin. If you…


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