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This Week In Baseball History

Jun 18, 2021

At an extremely opportune moment, we welcome Sports Reference creator, owner, and president Sean Forman on to discuss Baseball Reference's decision to recognize that the Negro Leagues were the equivalent of their American and National League contemporaries, and the steps they took to make that clear across the site....


Jun 16, 2021

The details surrounding the origins of baseball will always be somewhat obscured by the fog of the 180 or so years that have passed since games like town ball and rounders evolved into baseball. But there is one thing we do know. 175 years ago this week, a game was played by the Knickerbockers, a group of New York white...


Jun 11, 2021

At first glance, it's a fun story: pitcher throws a no-hitter on LSD 51 years ago this week. It sounds like an underdog, counterculture story from the tail-end of the '60s. And it was, sort of. But it was also, as Mike and Bill recount, just one of many stories in the life of Dock Ellis that eventually led to abuse and...


Jun 3, 2021

For some reason, the first week of June turned out to be a momentous one in the life of Henry Louis Gehrig. It marked the day he replaced Wally Pipp, the day he hit four home runs in a game, and the day he died, 80 years ago this week, in 1941. Mike and Bill sort through the short but impactful life of Laruppin' Lou...


May 28, 2021

There may have never been, and may never be, a baseball player better than Willie May. But it didn't seem like that at first, as Mays struggled upon his initial exposure to the Bigs 70 years ago this week and would suffer a crisis of confidence that could have ended his career before it began. How did he get through it...