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I’m listening to the World Series right now on the Texas Rangers flagship station KESN.

I’m hearing this station on the Major League Baseball app on my iPhone.

This is just how people kept up with the games back in the old days.

(Below—Fans following 1911 World Series in New York City by watching a “playograph.”)

A strong resource to learn about the history of World Series play can be found by exploring Baseball Reference.com. 

One of the two starting pitchers in the first World Series game back in 1903 was none other than the great Cy Young.

(Below–Cy Young.)

I have followed the World Series for many years. Though not as far back as Cy Young days.

October 20, 2011 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , | 1 Comment

On Mark Buehrle’s Perfect Game

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I follow baseball. I don’t write much about baseball in the blog because I feel there is enough attention paid to sports. 

I follow baseball as relaxation. I enjoy the statistics and I know some baseball history. I don’t have any favorite team because I don’t want stress from baseball. I don’t care who wins.

Please allow me to offer comment on Mark Buehrle’s  perfect game of July 23, 2009  A perfect game is when a pitcher allows no runners to reach base for the entire game. In a no-hitter, runners can reach base on errors and walks and in other ways.

( Above–Hall of Famer Addie Joss of Cleveland pitched a perfect game in 1908. He was dead of TB at age 31 in 1911. Please click here to learn about Mr. Joss from a memorial site in his honor at the Watertown, Wisconsin Historical Society.)

A perfect game must be perfect. With Mr. Buehrle’s effort, there have now been just 18 perfect games in 134 seasons of Major League Baseball.

Mr. Buehrle pitches for the Chicago White Sox. The victims of the perfect game were the Tampa Bay Rays. Mr. Buehrle is a very good pitcher who has over the years , without much notice, been making a solid career for himself. Please click here to see Mr. Buehrle’s career statistics.  I think if Mr. Buehrle can keep up what he has done so far for another 6 or 7 seasons that he might merit consideration for the Hall of Fame. 

At the bottom of this post is a list of all perfect games in baseball history. I’d offer two views on this list—

1. Perfect games, while still rare, are not as rare as they once were.  Half of the 18 perfect games have been pitched since 1981. This means the other nine are spread out between 1876 and 1980. From 1922 until 1956 there were none pitched at all.  While Mr. Buehrle is not a strike out pitcher  and had only six strikeouts in his perfect game, I would offer the theory that the shift in recent years towards offenses geared to home run hitting has created a greater chance of perfect games.

There are more strikeouts and more of an all or nothing outcome to at-bats—Strikeouts or home runs with less of everything else. With this the case, the chance is there that a pitcher can put it all together for one outing and blank the opposing team completely.

( Please click here for links to box scores for all perfect games including that of Mr. Buehrle.)

2. Many of the pitchers on the list were good or very good. If you follow baseball you can look at the list and see for yourself. If you don’t– You’ll just have to take my word for it. Though even if you don’t follow baseball, you might know the names Cy Young, Sandy Koufax and Randy Johnson. 

You might think  that something that has happened only 18 times in 134 years is a fluke when it does happen. Instead, it seems that being good to start with is of assistance when it comes to pitching a perfect game. 

The list of perfect games—   

 Mark Buehrle, Chicago (AL) vs. Tampa Bay, 5-0, July 23, 2009.

Randy Johnson, Arizona at Atlanta (NL), 2-0, May 18, 2004.

David Cone, New York (AL) vs. Montreal, 6-0, July 18, 1999.

David Wells, New York (AL) vs. Minnesota, 4-0, May 17, 1998. Continue reading

July 24, 2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , | 3 Comments