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A Word With Early 1980s Sabermetrics Writer Bryan Johnson

I thought I finished up my mini-series on sabermetrics in the '80s a couple weeks ago with my post on Bill James and Glenn Dickey of the San Francisco Chronicle. But then Bryan Johnson left...

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Noting the Death of Jim Pagliaroni, one of the '68 A's

I noticed today that Pagliaroni died on Saturday in Grass Valley, over in gold rush country, and didn't see a note about it here yet, so I thought I'd make note of it. I guess his salad days were...

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A Couple Items on Bill James in the mid-'80s

A while ago I looked up some old news articles on sabermetrics in the first half of the '80s because I wanted to see how it emerged into the mainstream and how journalists received it at first....

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Jim Abbott Hitting in Spring Training 1991

I have a blog called Misc. Baseball, and there are a couple items about Jim Abbott on it, including one on his debut in 1989. And I remember going to a USA Baseball workout for the '88 Olympics,...

Rod Carew’s Seven Steals of Home in 1969

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As a complement to the article in the Twins Annual on Billy Martin and his fighting '69 team, here's Carew talking in his autobiography about his feat in '69.

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Some Tidbits From the 2001 A’s Information Guide

I picked up the guide about a week ago, and thought I'd share some items that caught my eye as I paged through it: Reggie Jackson stole home on April 18, 1987 (his final season) vs. Seattle. The...

Vada Pinson's Death in 1995

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Teammates and others offer memorials to a great Reds player of the '60s. Vada died a week after the Reds left the '95 playoffs.

Mark McGwire Starting to Use Steroids in 1989

Some time ago I found a San Francisco Chronicle story summarizing Mark McGwire's 1989 season. Since McGwire's now come out and said he started using steroids after the '89 season, this is a good...

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Some Randy Johnson Pictures From 1995 and Safeco in '09

The retirement's a decent opportunity to acknowledge his achievements with a little gallery of his exploits. Here's four from some old copies of the Seattle Times, of Randy in the playoffs in '95: ...

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Celebrating the '72, '73, and '74 Titles

In December, I went through some microfilm archives and got the Chronicle's day-after coverage of the '70s dynasty winning its three titles. Here's some images of the celebrations. I have no...

1876: the Cubs' First Game Ever

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It was on April 25, in Louisville, and pitcher Al Spalding led the Cubs to a 4-0 shutout win. The box score, headline, and some descriptions from the Tribune.

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Mike Pagliarulo Remembers Billy Martin

With the 20th anniversary of Billy Martin’s death on Christmas evening 1989 nearly upon us, it's a good time to look back on Martin's impact on the Yankees and his managing style. I recently put...

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A Preview of Tomorrows 1982 NFC Title Game on NFL Network

A while ago I put together an e-book covering the Niners' entire 1981 season, game by game, with box scores, game descriptions, and a few essays. You can buy that product over at Lulu.com. Since...

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Talking About the 1989 A's and Loma Prieta With Bruce Jenkins

A couple months ago I talked with Ray Ratto of the San Francisco Chronicle about the Giants' 1989 season. It's available over at McCovey Chronicles. Here's a sequel discussion with Bruce Jenkins,...

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The Pythagorean Theorem and the Birth of the "Johnson Effect"

A journalist named Bryan Johnson was a reporter/columnist for the Toronto Globe and Mail in the late '70s and early '80s. I don't know what Johnson's doing now, or even if he’s still alive, but at...

The Spokane Indians Bus Crash in 1946

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A summary of one of the deadliest U.S. sports tragedies of the 20th century, using day-after pictures and descriptions of the wreck from the Seattle Times.

Rickey Henderson and the Boise A's in 1976

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A little about Rickey with the Boise A's, playing his first pro games at a high school field. Also, a p.s. on his debut with the A's in '79.

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A Babe Ruth Trade Rumor at the 1915 Winter Meetings

A few months ago I went through the New York Times archives gathering up some material on Babe Ruth pitching and hitting in 1914 and 1915, as well as him in the New Yorker talking about his Japan...

A Babe Ruth Trade Rumor at the 1915 Winter Meetings

A few months ago I went through the New York Times archives gathering up some early material on Babe Ruth pitching and playing ball in 1914 and 1915, as well as him in the New Yorker talking about...

Davey Johnson, the Mets, and Sabermetrics

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As a sequel of sorts to the earlier sabermetrics in 1983 link, some things on Davey Johnson managing the Mets in 1985. He's apparently the first manager to use computers to apply sabermetric tactics with sustained success.

Jeter's Yankee Debut

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The Daily News covering the 20-year-old Jeter's first game, in Seattle on May 29, '95. The Yankees were in the midst of a bad West Coast road trip.

The Pilots' First Game at Sicks Stadium

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Some pictures and text from the Times covering Seattle's first MLB game on April 11 of '69.

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The A's Move to Oakland in 1968

When I did my post about a month ago on Catfish Hunter's perfect game, I was surprised to find there were actually a fair number of people here who remembered the game and had some thoughts on it....

The Whites and Browns played their second championship game here to-day in the presence of about...

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The Whites and Browns played their second championship game here to-day in the presence of about 3,000 people, of whom 500 were well-behaved ladies and gentlemen, and the rest a howling mob of ruffians.

The Chicago Tribune of Tuesday, May 9, 1876, describing a game in St. Louis between the Chicago White Stockings aka Cubs and the St. Louis Brown Stockings aka Cardinals.

Ted Williams With the San Diego Padres in 1937

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A couple little tidbits from the L.A. Times reporting on Teddy Ballgame's hitting prowess in the PCL in '37.

I’ll go to see every game, even if I have to cut work. Only I wish it was the Brooklyn Dodgers.

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I’ll go to see every game, even if I have to cut work. Only I wish it was the Brooklyn Dodgers.

Quote from a man on the S.F. street in the Chronicle's 1957 article on confirmation that the Giants were moving to town.

Sabermetrics in 1983

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Excerpts from a Newsweek feature on Craig Wright, SABR, and the A's, Rangers, and White Sox starting to use sabermetric techniques in '83.

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Memories of Tom Browning's Perfect Game?

Some months back I wrote about Tom Browning's 1988 perfect game vs. the Dodgers as part of a series of posts on perfect games I was doing on a blog I have. A bit later I received a comment from one...

Pujols in High School and Junior College

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Looking at his early baseball dominance and trying to figure out why Pujols went only in the 13th round of the '99 draft.

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