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TGG's Picks for the 2016 MLB All-Stars
Beyond the skewed popular vote, This Great Game's Eric and Ed get real and reveal the players who truly belong in this year's All-Star Game.
They Were There: Mudcat Grant
One of baseball's first black pitchers, Mudcat Grant looks back on the crucial baseball knowledge he gained from Larry Doby and Satchel Paige.
It Was Twenty Years Ago Today...
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.
The TGG Movie Review: “The Natural”
In our third of ten movie reviews of noteworthy baseball films, TGG's Ed Attanasio and Eric Gouldsberry take opposite sides on Barry Levinson's popular fairy tale of the game, with Robert Redford portraying one of baseball’s greatest fictional heroes, a middle-aged slugger with amazing talent and a dark past trying to claim his mark as "the best there ever was in the game."
The Ballparks: Griffith Stadium
Your ballpark has burnt to the ground and you’ve got three weeks before Opening Day. Quick—whaddyado? Ask the Washington Senators, who performed the ultimate rush job and constructed Griffith Stadium as one of the more architecturally coarse and confusing of venues, with a playing field so distant and awry, the whole outfield became Triples’ Alley. Fans and presidents were nonetheless thrilled by the breathless action between the lines.
A Look Back on June
The Month That Was in Baseball: There's major league hits, and then there's "professional" hits; that said, how does Ichiro Suzuki compare with Pete Rose?; Familiar names from the amateur draft; Just when we thought Yordano Ventura had grown up...; Everyone keeps striking out, but at least they're hitting home runs again. All this, plus our monthly picks for the Best and Worst of the Month, check it out!
The Ten Most Notable Omissions From Our Top Ten Lists
As suggested by you, the sometimes angry people who email and think we have it all wrong, here's our selection of baseball greats you think would have made the grade on our assorted Top Ten lists—but didn't. Don’t blame us, blame the numbers.
1908 The Merkle Boner
Are the 2016 Chicago Cubs for real? Their hot start is simply emboldening the notion that this may finally be the year they go all the way for the first time since 1908—when the Cubs were handed a trip to the World Series courtesy of one of baseball's most legendary gaffes.
The Ten Greatest Yankees Hitters
With 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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