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January 8, 2013

Wezen-Ball: Through the Years: Craig Biggio

by Larry Granillo

A look at contemporary accounts for a man Bill James called "the best player in major league baseball."

Wezen-Ball: Through the Years: Jeff Bagwell

by Larry Granillo

Contemporary accounts of the Houston first baseman's early career.

January 7, 2013

Wezen-Ball: Through the Years: Curt Schilling

by Larry Granillo

A peak back at contemporary accounts of Curt Schilling's rise to stardom.

Wezen-Ball: Through the Years: Mike Piazza

by Larry Granillo

A look at contemporary accounts from Mike Piazza's early career.

January 2, 2013

Wezen-Ball: Breaking Down the White Sox Magazine Crossword

by Larry Granillo

What is the life of a back-of-the-magazine crossword puzzle editor really like?

December 28, 2012

Wezen-Ball: "White Christmas" at the Ballpark

by Larry Granillo

The stars of the holiday staple were famous baseball fans.

December 21, 2012

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

by Larry Granillo

It's the eve of armageddon and a major league manager controls the fate of the world.

December 20, 2012

Wezen-Ball: The Life of Babe Ruth, Illustrated

by Larry Granillo

From "Babe Ruth's Sports Comics", a Golden Age comic book, a look at Babe Ruth's start in the big leagues.

December 13, 2012

Wezen-Ball: Electronic Baseball Equipment of the Future

by Larry Granillo

The Mizuno sporting goods company had some interesting ideas for advanced baseball equipment in the early 1980s.

December 10, 2012

Wezen-Ball: The Ron LeFlore Story

by Larry Granillo

A made-for-tv movie from the 1970s told the interesting tale of Detroit Tigers center fielder Ron LeFlore.

December 4, 2012

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

by Larry Granillo

The 2013 Hall of Fame ballot is out and if you're looking for a non-PED reason to exclude any candidate, start here...

November 28, 2012

Wezen-Ball: The SPBA's Short Life

by Larry Granillo

A new league was formed in the winter of 1989 that tried to capture the success of the Senior PGA. It didn't last very long.

November 26, 2012

Wezen-Ball: Indexing the Indexers

by Larry Granillo

As Kurt Vonnegut notes, an index can reveal a lot about the indexer.

November 20, 2012

Wezen-Ball: Joe Engel Trades for a Turkey

by Larry Granillo

Colorful owner and promoter Joe Engel once traded a shortstop for a 25-pound turkey for a nefarious reason...

November 15, 2012

Wezen-Ball: A Question of Value

by Larry Granillo

Pop quiz time as we get ready to learn the 2012 MVPs.

November 12, 2012

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

by Larry Granillo

The newest James Bond movie offers a reminder that things today really can be better than the golden age we remember.

November 9, 2012

Wezen-Ball: Stoney's Unbelievable Feat

by Larry Granillo

In 1907, Stoney McGlynn claimed to have accomplished a rare feat. But did it really happen?

November 6, 2012

Wezen-Ball: Athletic Supporters

by Larry Granillo

The 1968 presidential election featured a surprisingly large number of athletic endorsements amid one hard to believe aphorism.

October 31, 2012

Wezen-Ball: World Series Riots

by Larry Granillo

A quick look at some post-Series celebrations that turned ugly.

October 26, 2012

Wezen-Ball: Reminder: Prince Fielder Doesn't Know How to Slide

by Larry Granillo

A play early in Game 2 of the World Series reminds us all of an important fact about the Detroit first baseman.

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