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Lou Gehrig’s Terrible and Wonderful Farewell Speech, Part 2

It is perhaps the most famous speech in sports history – Lou Gehrig’s farewell speech (given to a large Yankee Stadium crowd, two weeks after he retired, on July 4, 1939). You know the line, “today, I consider myself the … Continue reading

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Lou Gehrig’s Terrible and Wonderful Farewell Speech

It is perhaps the most famous speech in sports history – Lou Gehrig’s farewell speech (given to a large Yankee Stadium crowd, two weeks after he retired, on July 4, 1939). You know the line, “today, I consider myself the … Continue reading

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“You Can’t Win the Division in April, But You Can Lose It.” Really?

You can’t win the division in April, but you can lose it.* Why do people say this when it is so clearly false? I mean, I get the point. When you book losses early, you are stuck with them the rest of the … Continue reading

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Did Dock Ellis Really Throw a No Hitter While Tripping on LSD?

Probably not. No doubt, Dock Ellis was a wild-man and a heavy-partier. And according to Ellis’ own account, he took LSD on Thursday, June 11, 1970, and then half of a hit of acid again mid-morning on Friday, June 12, 1970 (the … Continue reading

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Ty Cobb and the Hotel Pontchartrain Incident of April 1919, Part II

Looking back at a story like the one the Seymours’ uncovered, we have to make choices, and a perfectly reasonable choice is the one the Seymours’ made – which is to just take the Chicago Defender story at face value. … Continue reading

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Ty Cobb and the Hotel Pontchartrain Incident of April 1919, Part I

There is this odd story about Ty Cobb. It appears in print first in Baseball: The Golden Age by Seymour and Seymour (1989). The story is seemingly based on the Seymours’ original research, in which they found a news item … Continue reading

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Ty Cobb’s personality: who does he remind you of?

In terms of what we know about their personalities, among modern athletes, who is most like Ty Cobb? While Alex Rodriguez has displayed none of Cobb’s violent temper, both players seem to have suffered from the same limitations in their … Continue reading

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