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04-26

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Wezen-Ball: Denver's Snowy Troubles
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Larry Granillo

04-24

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Wezen-Ball: When Brewers and Beer Clash
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Larry Granillo

04-19

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Wezen-Ball: A Few of Baseball's Best Moments
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Larry Granillo

04-17

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Wezen-Ball: "Rise of the Robot Umpires"
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Larry Granillo

04-15

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Wezen-Ball: Jackie Robinson Talks Sacrifices in "Boys' Life"
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Larry Granillo

04-11

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Wezen-Ball: The Froot Loop Summer
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Larry Granillo

04-09

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Wezen-Ball: Which Justin Upton Home Run was Longest?
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Larry Granillo

04-08

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Wezen-Ball: The 2013 Interleague Schedule
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Larry Granillo

04-04

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Wezen-Ball: Yu Darvish Reminds Us: Technology is Great
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Larry Granillo

04-02

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Wezen-Ball: A Freak Injury for Paul Molitor
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Larry Granillo

03-31

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Wezen-Ball: House Sigils for Major League Baseball
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Larry Granillo

03-27

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Wezen-Ball: Connie Mack, the Wise-Cracking Catcher
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Larry Granillo

03-26

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Wezen-Ball: Li'l Pete's Big Hit
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Larry Granillo

03-25

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Wezen-Ball: News of the Weird
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Larry Granillo

03-21

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Wezen-Ball: A Plane Crash in Indianapolis
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Larry Granillo

03-14

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Wezen-Ball: Happy Pi (Pi) Day, 2013!
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Larry Granillo

03-13

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Wezen-Ball: Globicide, or Murdering a Baseball
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Larry Granillo

03-05

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Wezen-Ball: When Cuba Stomped the Orioles
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Larry Granillo

02-28

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Wezen-Ball: Batting Third: Bryce Harper (and Derek Jeter)
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Larry Granillo

02-26

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Wezen-Ball: The Astrodome's Futuristic Scoreboard
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Larry Granillo

02-19

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Wezen-Ball: Century City
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Larry Granillo

02-14

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Wezen-Ball: You Can't Help But Love It
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Larry Granillo

02-12

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Wezen-Ball: The Night Pete Rose Broke the Record
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Larry Granillo

02-06

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Wezen-Ball: Hank Aaron, TV Salesman
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Larry Granillo

02-04

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Wezen-Ball: Clemens' 20 K's
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Larry Granillo

02-01

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Wezen-Ball: Bolton's Bombers
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Larry Granillo

01-30

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Wezen-Ball: The 1948 World Series, Game1: A Radio Diary
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Larry Granillo

01-28

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Wezen-Ball: Ball Park's Classic Guide to Franks
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Larry Granillo

01-24

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Wezen-Ball: Black and Blue
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Larry Granillo

01-23

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Wezen-Ball: The Milwaukee Walk of Shame?
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Larry Granillo

01-19

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Wezen-Ball: Earl Weaver & Stan Musial, Together
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Larry Granillo

01-17

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Wezen-Ball: Casey at Bat in the Twilight Zone
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Larry Granillo

01-16

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Wezen-Ball: An Ultimate Road Trip
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Larry Granillo

01-09

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Wezen-Ball: Through the Years: Jack Morris
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Larry Granillo

01-08

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Wezen-Ball: Through the Years: Craig Biggio
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Larry Granillo

01-08

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Wezen-Ball: Through the Years: Jeff Bagwell
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Larry Granillo

01-07

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Wezen-Ball: Through the Years: Curt Schilling
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Larry Granillo

01-07

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Wezen-Ball: Through the Years: Mike Piazza
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Larry Granillo

01-02

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Wezen-Ball: Breaking Down the White Sox Magazine Crossword
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Larry Granillo

12-28

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Wezen-Ball: "White Christmas" at the Ballpark
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Larry Granillo

12-21

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Wezen-Ball: Apocalyptic Fiction (Featuring the Chicago Cubs)
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Larry Granillo

12-20

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Wezen-Ball: The Life of Babe Ruth, Illustrated
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Larry Granillo

12-13

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Wezen-Ball: Electronic Baseball Equipment of the Future
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Larry Granillo

12-10

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Wezen-Ball: The Ron LeFlore Story
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Larry Granillo

12-04

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Wezen-Ball: 37 Candidates, 37 (non-PED) Excuses
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Larry Granillo

11-28

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Wezen-Ball: The SPBA's Short Life
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Larry Granillo

11-26

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Wezen-Ball: Indexing the Indexers
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Larry Granillo

11-20

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Wezen-Ball: Joe Engel Trades for a Turkey
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Larry Granillo

11-15

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Wezen-Ball: A Question of Value
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Larry Granillo

11-12

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Wezen-Ball: "Skyfall" and Baseball's Golden Age
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Larry Granillo

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When you're dealing with Pete Rose in the mid-1980s, anything is worth preserving.

One summer day in 1944, a three-year-old Pete Rose was playing baseball in the backyard of his Cincinnati home with his father, Harry "Big Pete" Rose. With one mighty, toddler-sized smack of the bat, the mini-Rose—the future "future Hall of Famer"—sent a hard-rubber ball across the back deck and into the kitchen window, cracking the upper pane of the plate glass.

The elder Rose, who "did not raise his oldest son to just be a major league baseball player … [he] raised his son to hit .300," as Joe Posnanski says, was understandably proud of the prowess his pre-schooler showed. As Rose's mother would later recount, " 'He said, 'I don't want it fixed. I'm not going to fix that. I'm going to show people where Pete hit that ball.'..."

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A quick look at two off-the-wall stories from recent days.

With the full-blown start of the 2013 season less than a week away, news about the greatest sport in the world is pouring in all around us. Pundits are prognosticating, captains are complaining, injuries are increasing—the topics are certainly plentiful and diverse. Some of them are even on the "weird" side of things (and no, I'm not talking about the Brewers giving Kyle Lohse three years and $33 million).

Here's a quick look at some of those odd or off-the-beaten-path stories from recent days.

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The Indianapolis Indians have a long history in professional baseball. In 1929, the club's owner had an unfortunate accident.

The Indianapolis Indians, the International League affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, have been a part of professional baseball since 1902, making them the second oldest minor league club behind only the Rochester Red Wings. With such a long history, it's no surprise that many great players have passed through the club. Grover Cleveland Alexander, Nap Lajoie, Luke Appling, Harmon Killebrew, Herb Score and many other All-Stars and Hall of Famers have all been associated with the club over the years (even if, like Alexander, it was only ever on paper). Outside the ballpark, the club has had a few notable moments as well.

In the summer of 1927, area businessman James Perry bought the Indians from W.C. Smith Sr. by purchasing 96% of the club's controlling company. Perry had other business interests in the city. For example, Perry was a part of the suddenly booming aviation industry as president of the Curtiss Flying Service of Indiana. He had helped build the Transcontinental Air Transport company's coast-to-coast air rail line.

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Celebrating the geekiest day of the year.

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The definition of one of the best moments in any baseball game.

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The 1999 meeting between Cuba and the Baltimore Orioles did not go well for the major league squad.

The Baltimore Orioles, led by their owner Peter Angelos, made a bid at international diplomacy in 1999. After a large push by Angelos, Major League Baseball and the Cuban government (along with a little help from the State Department, I'm sure) agreed to play a home-and-home series between the Cuban national team and Angelos' Orioles at the start of the season.

The first game was played in Havana in March before a roaring crowd of 50,000-plus. Angelos was joined in the front row behind home plate at Estadio Latinoamericano with MLB Commissioner Bud Selig and Cuban leader Fidel Castro. After the home team tied it up in the bottom of the 8th, the crowd was treated to a 3-2 Baltimore victory when an 11th-inning single from Harold Baines scored Will Clark from second. It was a thrilling but, ultimately, predictable game.

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Derek Jeter's (hypothetical) career provides a good example of what could happen if Bryce Harper moves down in the batting order this year.

Spring training is all about trying things out and seeing who or what works best, so it's not uncommon to see a manager shuffling his lineup in early games (especially after the addition of a new leadoff hitter). Even so, it looks like Davey Johnson and the Nationals might be doing more than experimenting.

With the addition of the left-handed-batting Denard Span to the top of the lineup, reports out of Nationals camp say that Johnson is thinking of moving no-longer-a-teen phenom Bryce Harper down from the second spot in the batting order (where he excelled in 2012) to the third, sliding in right-handed hitting Jayson Werth between the two lefties. Speaking to reporters about the choice, Johnson said this:

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A look at one of the greatest features of 1965's "Eighth Wonder of the World."

When the Astrodome opened in 1965, it was quickly dubbed the "Eighth Wonder of the World." The fully-enclosed stadium was the first of it's kind: a domed, air-conditioned marvel that could handle baseball, football, and any other large event in all kinds of weather. With its bubble exterior and proximity to the fledgling space program, there was no better evidence of America's quick march towards The Jetsons than the new Houston stadium.

Among it's many futuristic innovations was the $2 million scoreboard, "the world's largest, most versatile animated scoreboard." Any gushing preview of the new ballpark was incomplete without a description of the device. A 1972 Houston Sports Association publication touting the wonders of the Astrodome and its surrounding area calls the scoreboard "an electronic marvel, costing $2 million, and longer than a football field, [giving] patrons of the Astrodome more information, faster, than any visual display ever before seen on any athletic field."

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February 19, 2013 6:50 am

Wezen-Ball: Century City

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Larry Granillo

The 2004 series "Century City" once tackled the legal issues of a mechanically-enhanced ballplayer.

The 2004 CBS drama "Century City" was a lot like every other courtroom drama on television: A charming and unbelievably altruistic character in the lead, an obnoxious prig in one office, a beautiful young lawyer in another, and a diverse cast of ambitious and energetic lawyers and paralegals rounding out the rest of the firm. In "Century City," however, this came with a twist: The show took place in Los Angeles circa 2030. In this setting, the show could tackle genetic profiling, cloning and other pushing-the-envelope topics all in front of holographic judges. In "Love and Games," the series' third episode, the topic was the bionic enhancement of professional baseball players.


The episode is currently available on Hulu.

A college shortstop (played by Brad, the oldest son from "Home Improvement") who was promised he would be chosen with the number-one overall pick in the draft plummets to the final pick of the draft. He is chosen by the expansion San Fernando Valley Coyotes, who make the choice after some serious cajoling from Brad's lawyer. The reason for the drop? Brad has a bionic eye, the result of an accident at age 18. The league has a rule against players with mechanical enhancements and tries to keep Brad out, leading to a lawsuit by Brad and his lawyers. Meanwhile, Brad faces prejudice on the outside. After getting spiked in the arm by a teammate at practice, the teammate spits out, "Why don't you just get a new arm?" A Jackie Robinson reference also finds its way into the episode.


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Celebrating a photo that can't help but make you love baseball.

The best I can describe it, today is a day in which you express your feelings for the things that you love. As such, here is hands-down the best baseball photograph ever taken (well, my favorite at least). It's the kind of photo that can't help but re-spark that love of the game that everyone here at Baseball Prospectus has.

The photo was originally published in LIFE magazine and gives us a unique and amazing view of Game 7 of the 1960 World Series from high above Forbes Field. Enjoy, and feel free to share your favorite baseball-themed whatever, be it movie (Bad News Bears), book (Sandlot Peanuts), or anything else.

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A look at the broadcast and celebration from the biggest day of Pete Rose's career.

There is a secret haven of MLB gems hidden in iTunes right now. Under the heading "Baseball's Best," you can find over 150 games ranging from the 1952 World Series to Mark Buehrle's perfect game in 2009. The games feature no-hitters, record-breakers, classic postseason battles and more. Best of all, these games are available in their full, original broadcast (including everything but the commercials) for only $1.99. Today we look at one of these gems: the San Diego at Cincinnati match on September 11, 1985, when Pete Rose finally surpassed Ty Cobb for the title of All-Time Hit King.

It's Wednesday night at Riverfront Stadium. The night before, over 51,000 Reds fans had watched 44-year-old player/manager Pete Rose face off against Padres pitcher LaMarr Hoyt in an attempt to break his tie with Ty Cobb atop the all-time hits leaderboard with his 4,192nd career base hit. Rose was hitless in four at-bats, popping out each time he came to the plate. Tonight, it's 47,000 people cheering their lungs out at the ballpark (bringing the season-long attendance to an "outstanding" 1.6 million). Everyone in Cincinnati is ready to explode in celebration when the moment 23 years in the making finally happens. Luckily for Rose, he has a sympathetic manager penciling in his .267 average and .329 slugging percentage into the number two spot in the lineup (to be fair, Rose's OBP in early September was still a very solid .389).

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The newly crowned home run king had a television he wanted to sell.

In honor of Hank Aaron's 79th birthday yesterday...

If you were in the market for a new television in 1975, you could do worse than taking the advice of the brand new home run king.

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