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Instructions on how to fail, thoughts on nicknames, and a Cubs conspiracy uncovered.

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How Catfish Hunter got his nickname, and more gold from contemporaneous sources.

It’s easy to forget, in the era of Retrosheet and the Play Index, that baseball statistics were once a precious thing. The daily box scores and leaderboards were as temporal as the newspaper they were printed on; the only way to appreciate a man’s career was to purchase an almanac, like the 1965 Sporting News Baseball Register. Dal Maxvill, longtime Cardinals shortstop, graces the cover mid-lunge/grunt, as well as a $5 price tag that equates to $37.98 today, or 100 packs of 1965 Topps baseball cards, which is worth perhaps somewhat more.

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May 16, 2012 3:30 am

Pebble Hunting: Kill This Nickname


Sam Miller

Bryce Harper is just the latest player to earn the most overused nickname in sports.

Bryce Harper is back in the Nationals starting lineup for Saturday night's game against the Reds. Besides stitches, Harper also got a new nickname out the the deal: "Bam Bam."The Nats Enquirer

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A look at Batman, Spider-Man, Iron Man, and baseball's other superheroes. Who are we missing?

I was not a big superhero/comic book kid growing up. If you had asked a ten-year-old me in 1990 who were the big superheroes, my response probably would not have been very deep. There would've been the cartoon superheroes I grew up on (He-Man, Thundercats, Voltron, Transformers, etc.) and the old staples (Superman, Batman, Spider-Man). I probably wouldn't have even been able to tell you who Wolverine and Professor X and the rest of the X-Men were at the time.

Thankfully, that all changed somewhat as I grew up. I still can't tell you all of the intricacies of the thirty-five current Batman or Spider-Man universes, or even what the deal is with this summer's superhero-du-jour Thor, but I at least have a strong familiarity with many heroes.

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