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Baseball’s Best, Worst and Most Surprising: The 2016 Season in Review
This Great Game ListsA look back at the best, worst and most surprising players and teams during the 2016 major league season.

They Were There: John D’Acquisto
John D'AcquistoThe former pitcher and restaurateur talks of his playing days on the West Coast—and those afterward, when there was rarely a dull moment.

It Was Twenty Years Ago Today...
Major League Baseball: The Twentieth Century cover The story of how This Great Game has evolved over two decades, from a modest datebook to an ambitious coffee table book to the popular web site it is today.

TGG Links: Because We Know What You'll Like
Our short list below for the most visible, valuable and curious baseball resources for fans and researchers of all ages.

Ten People Who Should Not be in Baseball’s Hall of Fame
This Great Game Lists Electing players to Cooperstown is not an exact science. In fact, everyone has their own opinion about who should be in the Hall of Fame—and who shouldn't. Here's ten egregious examples that everyone will mostly agree with.


The Ballparks: Crosley Field
The Ballparks: Crosley FieldNeither floods nor darkness nor baseball’s most unique warning track could keep the loyal bugs of the Queen City from worshipping their kings in a cherished urban castle where every National League campaign was kicked off. While Crosley Field may have lacked the exterior glam, its interior radiated lush green grass, intriguing wall quirks and romantic views of the environs beyond.

A Look Back on November
this great game comebacker logoThe Month That Was in Baseball: The ultimate curse-buster: The Cubs finally win it all after 108 years; Party in Chicago—and everyone's invited (and everyone showed up); Who is Shohei Otani? (You're going to find out soon); Baseball's new CBA ensures five more years of labor peace; A final farewell to Ralph Branca, Boo Ferriss and Russ Nixon. Check it out!

The TGG Movie Review: “Eight Men Out”
Eight Men OutFamed independent director John Sayles delivers a fluid and very agreeable adaptation of Eliot Asinof's novel detailing the Black Sox Scandal, with a strong cast and a terrific knack for capturing time and place. But what do our two movie reviewers think of it? Check it out!

1908 The (Now Penultimate) Time the Cubs Won it All
1908: The Merkle BonerYes, there was a time long ago when the Cubs were champions of the world—but they wouldn't have even made it to the World Series in 1908 were it not for a legendary blunder by 19-year-old rookie Fred Merkle, whose costly baserunning mistake opened up a huge opportunity for the Cubs.

1948 The (Still) Last Time the Indians Won it All
1948: The Greatest Show in ClevelandIt's been nearly seven decades since the Indians tasted championship glory, so here's a look back at when it all came together in Cleveland with massive crowds, a stellar pitching staff, the major league debut of one of the great Negro League legends and the legendary owner/promoter who oversaw the whole event.

The Ten Greatest Yankees Hitters
Yogi BerraWith spry baseball skills, a smile to love and a sense of humor unique and clever as it comes, the late Yogi Berra won three MVP titles in five years for the mighty Yankees—but where does he stand among the list of pinstriped legends that spans Babe Ruth to Mickey Mantle to Alex Rodriguez? Find out now!

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