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Internet Christmas for Baseball Nerds, Part XXXIV

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 Hall of Famer Johnny Evers:

It's an in-depth manual about baseball from 1910, and it attempts to explain how winning teams are built, what a manager does, and the importance of the catcher, among other things. But I'm geeked out on the proto-UZR sections:


If you evers get the chance to tinker around with this section of the book, it's fascinating. Over a hundred years later, we're still arguing about defensive statistics, but the leading metrics in the field are complex versions of what Evers was writing about before World War I.

If I'm going to waste the afternoon on this when I really don't have the time to, the least I can do is drag some of you down with me.

Previous Internet Christmases

I: 1930 Spalding Base Ball Guide
II: Negro Leagues Database
III: Bob Gibson video
IV: John McGraw's Scientific Baseball
V: NBC Archive, featuring Bud Selig

VI: 1888's Base-ball: How to Become a Player
VII: Connie Mack's How To Play Base-Ball
VIII: Life Magazine's greatest baseball photos
IX: Branch Rickey's scouting report on Don Drysdale
X: 100,000+ crowd for White Autos game

XI: Thomas Edison baseball video
XII: Babe Ruth in Just Pals
XIII: Stories of the Base Ball Field
XIV: Babe Ruth swing analysis
XV: Bob Feller mechanical analysis

XVI: Vin Scully calling Hank Aaron's 715th home run
XVII: 1934 Tigers/Yankees Radio Broadcast
XIX: Bob Feller's fastball racing a motorcycle
XX: PCL Promo video from 1946
XXI: Oakland Oaks parade

XXII: Old-timey Red Sox picture collection
XXIII: A visual history of Seals Stadium
: Baseball Reliquary Online Museum
XXV: Proto-snark from 1915
XXVI: The 1924 Nationals and the Washington Post

XXVII: Before there was GameDay or the Internet ...
: Glorious collection of old-timey radio broadcasts
: Free Bill Veeck eBook
Jackie Robinson photos from Ebony
: Walter Johnson's pitching motion

XXXII: Sad Expos things (and a Megadeth GIF)
XXXIII: Cy Young at an old-timer's game

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