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This Week In Baseball History

Mar 20, 2019

The road to end the reserve clause was a long one that got a little easier 43 years ago this week, when the owners ended the lockout they'd imposed to protest the oncoming free agency. Marc Normandin (@Marc_Normandin) joins us to discuss the lockout, the contentious labor history between players and owners, and...


Mar 13, 2019

Batting helmets have become such an entrenched part of baseball that it's easy to forget not only that they once weren't required, but that making them mandatory was a fifty year process, full of fits and starts. One of those starts took place 78 years ago this week, when the Dodgers announced they'd require their...


Mar 6, 2019

Few, if any, non-players have had a bigger impact on the game of baseball than Marvin Miller, the legendary head of the MLB Players Association, who was elected to his position at the head of the union 53 years ago this week. With the help of Fangraphs senior writer Jay Jaffe (@Jay_Jaffe), Mike and Bill look back at his...


Feb 28, 2019

Last week, the baseball world suffered an incalculable loss, as pioneering African-American pitcher Don Newcombe passed away at the age of 92. Mike and Bill look at the iconic Dodger's admittedly rocky life, as his incredible talent and good nature were drained by alcoholism before he recovered to devote the rest of his...


Feb 21, 2019

We know that, even after Jackie Robinson's debut, Major League Baseball didn't integrate all at once. In fact, one of the last groups to integrate were the umpires, when Emmett Ashford took the field for the first time, 53 years ago this week(ish). Mike and Bill look back at his life and career, describe his...