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This Week In Baseball History

Jul 18, 2018

In honor of this week's exciting Home Run Derby, Mike and Bill look back 33 years to the first Derby of the modern era, at the otherwise  hilariously disappointing 1985 All Star Game in Minneapolis, as well as the television show on which the Derby was based. Also, happy birthday to Pedro "Tony" Oliva and Harry...


Jul 11, 2018

The biggest change in baseball over the last five years has been the increase in defensive shifts employed by every franchise across the game. This week, 72 years ago, Ted Williams faced one of the first of such shifts, which were then named after him. Mike and Bill talk about the development of this innovation over the...


Jul 4, 2018

The All American Girls Professional Baseball League gave women an unprecedented chance to organize and play professional baseball. But, as special guest Britni de la Cretaz (@Britnidlc) points out, it also worked to obscure its queer players with rigid "femininity standards" and rules against fraternization. Using...


Jun 27, 2018

The safety record of teams in both the Major and the Minor has actually been pretty exemplary in almost a century and a half of professional baseball. But 72 years ago this week, a minor league team out of Spokane suffered the most deadly wreck in baseball history. Mike and Bill discuss the tragedy and it's aftermath,...


Jun 20, 2018

For more than a century, every solstice, for the residents of Fairbanks, Alaska, has revolved around baseball. The Midnight Sun Game, as it's come to be known, is an annual tradition that has drawn some of the greatest ballplayers of the modern era. Even the great Barry Bonds, who was deemed not good enough to play in...