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Take a moment to celebrate the greatest, and only, Orel in baseball history.

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Mary discovers a world delivered to Hitler by baseball, Kate watches a rabbit destroy the human facade, and Emma searches for Lithuanian baseball and winds up in Boston.

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Matt ranks the current Orioles first base depth chart, Mary looks at a former two-way player and thinks of new ways, and Annie enjoys an old, familiar feeling.

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Bad days are compared, bad players are broken down (and broken), and bad memories are cherished.

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Baseball is entwined with American history, but it can also be the source of propaganda.

Baseball has a storied and deliberate history of being connected to American politics, from its roots in the Civil War to presidents throwing Opening Day first pitches to the widespread belief during World War II that baseball made America more peaceful than Europe. Though it is correct that these connections have in some ways produced an American baseball synonymous with American politics, these efforts have perpetuated the dangerous belief that the mere existence of American democracy safeguards people from suffering and persecution.

These issues were on full display in a 1951 Lew Fonseca short film titled The Democracy of Baseball. The film was packaged as a celebration of the game on behalf of the National League’s 75th anniversary and the American League’s 50th. The 17-minute film was shown to baseball writers, boy scouts, and young baseball players, among many others, as a means of educating them on the sport’s history. However, the heavy-handed American democratic and militaristic ties to the sport on display in the film present a superficial account of the game that, in service of specific political goals, omits the real, full nature of baseball’s American-ness.

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April 8, 2017 6:00 am

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On October 13, 1921, Edna Vaughn phoned the police to file a missing persons report for her husband, James "Hippo" Vaughn.

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What would Coors be like at other altitudes? What does the Bambino have on Statcast, and Taylor Motter in 2-D.

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Mary decries a 75-year-old cereal box, Matt breaks down the latest in Tampa Bay roster casualties, and Stacey reacts to an awkward gift.

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Matt recounts how history was made on a bad Reds team in 1998, while Mary does some social archaeology through customs of baseball past.

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Mary spins a sad yarn of mistaken identity, Jen judges the winner of an exhibition debate, and Matt creates and solves a great mystery of our time.

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A pre-emptive strike against the renaming of things, thoughts on semicolon baseball, and a scouting report on people scouting.

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February 4, 2017 6:00 am

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Ernie Banks personifies the journey many baseball fans take.

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