Internet Christmas for baseball nerds

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Has it been almost five full months since the last ICFBN? My apologies. But at least I get to come back with one of my favorite finds yet. Behold, Touching Second: The Science of Baseball, from...

Internet Christmas for Baseball Nerds, Part XXXIII

This one doesn't need to be bogged down with a bunch of words. Via Reddit, here's a glorious picture of Cy Young at the age of 87, at an Old-Timer's Game: He could still mess you up,...

Internet Christmas for Baseball Nerds, Part XXXII

Feel like being sad? I do. And when I don't feel like listening to Sea Change or Hospice, I like to rummage through the CBC archives and look up Expos stuff. Maybe you're into that kind of...

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Internet Christmas for baseball nerds, part XXXI

This is kind of a special ICFBN. Sure, the free e-books and old-timey baseball annuals are nice, but did you know that video existed of Walter Johnson pitching? I didn't. Probably should have...

Internet Christmas for baseball nerds, part XXX

Not only is it Black History Month, but we're getting close to the premiere of 42, which looks outstanding: If it's a dud, it will be the most disappointing trailer-to-quality-movie ratio...

Internet Christmas for baseball nerds, part XXIX

Free stuff? Free stuff! FREE STUFF. Here's a free Bill Veeck e-book! Bill Veeck’s Crosstown Classic is in our new e-book series, Chicago Shorts—distinguished selections, including...

Internet Christmas for baseball nerds, part XXVIII

Stuck at work? Bored? No baseball to listen to? Yeah, I'm with you. It's a drag. Unless you head on over to archive.org and listen to some old radio broadcasts of major-league games. The...

Internet Christmas for baseball nerds, part XXVII

Back before the first World War, folks couldn't turn on the radio to follow the World Series. There wasn't TV. There wasn't an Internet. So if you weren't able to attend the game, how did you...

Internet Christmas for baseball nerds, part XXVI

The Twins used to be the Senators, who used to go by the "Nationals." It's really not that confusing. It's like when the Athletics go by "A's", the Yankees go by "the Bombers", or the Red Sox go by...

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Internet Christmas for Baseball Nerds, Part XXV

Want to know what snark was like 100 years ago? Check out this satirical writeup of the new uniforms for the 1915 Nationals. It's like the original Deadspin! Previous Internet Christmases I:...

Internet Christmas for Baseball Nerds, Part XXIV

Every so often, I forget this exists. Don't make the same mistake. Behold: The Baseball Reliquary. My favorite exhibit? Too tough to say, but I think I'll go with the Walter O'Malley tortilla. P...

Internet Christmas for Baseball Nerds, Part XXIII

The history of the Pacific Coast League fascinates me -- before the Giants and Dodgers moved, it was all the West Coast had, and it was a huge deal. Teams in the PCL used to swap really good...

Internet Christmas for Baseball Nerds, Part XXII

This one comes from the Boston Public Library, which has hundreds of awesome, old-timey pictures uploaded to a Flickr account. Why? Dunno. But it's clearly awesome. Previous Internet Christmases ...

Internet Christmas For Baseball Nerds, Part XXI

You might think of the Pacific Coast League as a lesser form of baseball. A "minor" league, if you will. But it used to be the center of the California baseball world, and here's a parade through...

Internet Christmas For Baseball Nerds, Part XX

The embedding was disabled on this video, but that's okay because it's worth watching the full-size version. It's a fantastic, full-length promotional video for the Pacific Coast League in 1946. It...

Internet Christmas For Baseball Nerds, Part XVIII

Because you didn't know you needed this until now, here is Bob Feller's fastball racing a motorcycle: Previous Internet Christmases: I: 1930 Spalding Base Ball Guide II: Negro Leagues Database I...

Internet Christmas For Baseball Nerds, Part XVII

From September 20, 1934, here's Ty Tyson calling this Yankees and Tigers game, which might be the earliest baseball broadcast to survive intact: Previous Internet Christmases: I: 1930 Spalding...

Internet Christmas For Baseball Nerds, Part XVI

Did you know that Vin Scully called the radio for Hank Aaron's 715th home run? I didn't either until I saw this on Reddit. Listen to the master: The best part is the decision Scully makes...

Internet Christmas For Baseball Nerds, Part XV

Now you too can pitch like Bob Feller! Previous Internet Christmases: I: 1930 Spalding Base Ball Guide II: Negro Leagues Database III: Bob Gibson video IV: John McGraw's Scientific Baseball...

Internet Christmas For Baseball Nerds, Part XIV

Here's a breakdown of Babe Ruth's swing: Here's a breakdown of No No Nanette's plot. Previous Internet Christmases: I: 1930 Spalding Base Ball Guide II: Negro Leagues Database III: Bob Gibson...

Internet Christmas For Baseball History Nerds, Part XIII

Hope you're enjoying your copy of Baseball Prospectus 2012. In 1890, people had to make do with books like this: Stories of the Base Ball Field: The National Game's Great Exponents and Their...

Internet Christmas for Baseball History Nerds, Part XII

This is a short film of Babe Ruth and some youngsters titled Just Pals. This one was much more popular than the sequels, Goin' Steady and With Benefits Previous Internet Christmases: I: 1...

Internet Christmas For Baseball History Nerds, Part XI

This is a dull video. But it's an important one because it was shot by Thomas Edison in 1898. You can see the combination of bemusement and distrust that the players have for the camera as they...

Internet Christmas For Baseball History Nerds, Part X

The Oakland A's had an announced attendance of 1,476,791 in 2011. Announced attendance. Wink. Rumor has it that the actual, physical attendance was under a million. That means that this picture...

Internet Christmas For Baseball History Nerds, Part IX

Via the Library of Congress, we have a digitized copy of Branch Rickey's 1954 scouting report of Don Drysdale. The most stunning quote:↵He is good.↵That's why Rickey's in the Hall of...

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