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Ruth may or may not have called his. But former player and Mariners announcer Mike Blowers, asked before the game for his prediction of the game, predicted a rookie player would hit a homer — his first in the bigs — into the second deck in left-center in his second at-bat on a 3-1 fastball.…

Effect Measure alerted me to this very touching video, which shows the crowd at Fenway coming to the rescue of a kid who starts to lose it while singing the national anthem. Revere’s set-up first, then some thoughts of my own: I don’t know what’s going to happen with swine flu. I do know that…

Found some Koufax footage. About halfway through this short clip he Ks Mantle, looking, and a bit later, in the dark footage toward the end, is a good strip of him throwing the devastating curve. Note there the emphatic downward motion of his shoulder — which brought down his hand the faster, which (along with…

Koufax, bringing the four-seamer. God save the guy at the plate. I always look forward to the Illusion of the Year contest, but this year brings a special treat: a new explanation of how the curveball baffles batters. Just a few days ago, during BP, my friend Bill Perreault threw me one of those really…