Friday, April 08, 2005

Baseball Fever Is Back (Cubs Still Suck!)

The hockey season may have been ruined, but there is still baseball.

As American poet Walt Whitman wrote in 1846: "Let us go forth awhile, and get better air in our lungs. Let us leave our close rooms...the game of ball is glorious". To prepare for the glory of the new season, here is a sampling of some of the vast baseball riches available on the Internet.

Elysian Fields Quarterly
Describes itself as "the literary baseball journal that is short on hype and long on content. Intelligent, quirky, iconoclastic, funny, and opinionated".

The Baseball Scorecard
Includes a glossary of baseball terms, a tutorial on how to keep score during a game, and links to other sites that offer information on scoring a game.

Major League Baseball
This "official site" of the major leagues is nothing if not content rich: it can connect fans to a massive database of historical statistics, and offers individual team histories, a listing of past winners of the various MLB annual awards such as Rookie of the Year, the "This Week in Baseball History" feature, features on the so-called Negro League from before racial integration of the sport, and everything one could possibly want to know about 100 years of World Series competition but was afraid of looking like a fool in a crowded sports bar for asking.

National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum
This site focuses on detailed profiles of historical baseball notables, lists and trivia. It also includes a wonderful daily feature called "This Day in Baseball History". You can also search the collections of the Library and Giamatti Research Center: there are online bibliographies on topics such as women in baseball, Jackie Robinson, and Roberto Clemente, archival finding aids, research lists and access to the ABNER catalogue.

The Baseball Almanac
For the trivia and stats freak lurking in the heart of every true baseball fan.

The Baseball Index
Free catalogue to the baseball literature, covering more than 200,000 books, magazine articles, programs, pamphlets, films, recordings, songs, poems, cartoons, and advertising items about baseball. A project of the Bibliography Committee of the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR). The SABR site itself is worth a visit, in particular the "SABR Online" section that features syllabi of college courses, a discussion list, and forums. The site includes links to regional chapters, project pages, and member-recommended web sites. You may think it’s a game, to these people, it’s a serious scientific endeavour.

The Science of Baseball
Speaking of science, San Francisco’s science museum, the Exploratorium, has built a web site devoted to unravelling ancient mysteries such as "How Far Can You Hit One?" and "How to Find the Sweet Spot of a Bat".

TSN – Major League Baseball
Your one Canadian stop for baseball information: schedules, scores, standings, stats.

Sports Illustrated – Major League Baseball
From the masters of sports journalism, total coverage of the game. And back in 1998, SI/CNN compiled a collection of selected articles and photos from Sports Illustrated's World Series coverage dating all the way back to 1954


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posted by Michel-Adrien at 7:59 pm


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