Friday, January 11, 2013
This week, the Baseball Writers of America decided that in 2013, no players would be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame. Potential inductees included players hailing from the infamous steroids era. Yesterday, Major League Baseball Commissioner Bud Selig announced that the League would expand its drug testing program. Dave Zirin, sports columnist for The Nation, explores the ramifications for MLB players and the league itself.
Thursday, January 10, 2013
Baseball Hall of Fame president Jeff Idelson announced yesterday that no players would be inducted in 2013. Notable omissions include Mark McGwire and Barry Bonds, who were included on the ballot but criticized for allegedly taking performance-enhancing drugs.
Friday, December 14, 2012
Jackie Robinson and Dr. Sterling Wade Brown, representing the National Conference of Christians and Jews, answer questions about the fight for civil rights in this 1968 interview.
Thursday, December 13, 2012
The signing of former Boston Red Sox Kevin Youkilis to the Yankees may seem just like the latest chapter in the never-ending rivalry between the two teams. But with Curse of the Bambino exorcised by the Red Sox’s World Series win in 2004, and the Sox and Yanks' dominance over their American League Eastern division waning, is the Red Sox-Yankees rivalry still red hot or just lukewarm and cooling?
Wednesday, October 24, 2012
The World Series kicks off tonight, and Detroit is hoping their Tigers will do them proud. But do they have what it takes to beat the San Francisco Giants? Quinn Klinefelter, a Detroiter and reporter, from WDET weighs in.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
By Kate Hinds
The subway car now known as the "nostalgia special" was first rolled out in 1917. New York's MTA brings it back for special events -- like the Yankees' first home game in its best in five series against the Baltimore Orioles to determine the American League Divisional champs, being held Wednesday night in the Bronx.
The four-car subway pulled into the 42nd Street Grand Central Terminal on the uptown #6 track. It went express to 161st Street/Yankees Stadium.
The interior has straps for passengers to hold on -- the origin of the term "straphangers."
In 1917, the NYC subway fare was a nickel. Today, a $2.25 MetroCard buys passengers access to over 600 miles of subway track.
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Playoff baseball pulls in the fans. In Washington, D.C., it's also pulling in the Capital Bikeshare bikes.
According to a rough count from the Washington D.C. Department of Transportation, about nine percent of the city's bike share bikes are Nationals Park for game three of the National League East division series, according to John Lisle, a DDOT spokesman.
"We have about 1,600 bikes in the system, and best I can count, we have somewhere in the neighborhood of 140 that are docked there [at the stadium]. Or were docked there," Lisle said. "That's a pretty good showing."
Capital Bikeshare, which is run by DDOT, has set up a staffed bike corral at the stadium for the overflow. "So if someone brings a bike there, even if the station is full, they put can put it in the corral," Lisle said. "It's a way to add capacity and it's relatively easy to do. " So there is no limit to the number of people who can come by bike share, Lisle said.
During the regular season, Capital Bikeshare clears out the docking stations before games and monitors them closely. If the docks fill up, then Capital Bikeshare "rebalances" them -- the technical term for 'takes the bikes to by van to another dock somewhere else.'
After today's game ends, staffers will keep the docks full with those corralled bikes so fans can check out a bike as usual.
But, Lisle cautions, "after the game there is no guarantee you will have a bike share bike to go home, but we are not removing any of the bikes."
So: Nats fans who chose bike to cheer on their team may want to consider checking out in the top of the ninth to ensure a two-wheeled ride home.
The bike corral will be in place at all Nationals home games during the playoffs.
Friday, September 28, 2012
Brandon Steiner, founder and chairman of Steiner Sports Marketing and Memorabilia and the author of You Gotta Have Balls: How a Kid from Brooklyn Started From Scratch, Bought Yankee Stadium, and Created a Sports Empire, shares what he's learned about business in building his own sports memorabilia company.
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Tony La Russa, the third-winningest manager in baseball history, talks about his management philosophy and the 2011 Cardinals, which mounted one of the most dramatic and impressive comebacks in baseball history, making the playoffs and going on to win the World Series. In One Last Strike: Fifty Years in Baseball, Ten and a Half Games Back, and One Final Championship Season La Russa gives the inside story behind this astonishing turnaround and his career.
Monday, September 24, 2012
Major League Baseball pitchers Tim Wakefield and Phil Niekro talk about being some of the few pitchers in the entire history of baseball who mastered the art of the knuckleball, a pitch so slow and unpredictable that no one trusts it. They’re joined by Ricki Stern, director of the new documentary “Knuckleball,” which follows the Major League’s only knuckleballers in 2011, Boston Red Sox Tim Wakefield and Mets pitcher R. A. Dickey. “Knuckleball!” is playing at the IFC Center.
Friday, September 21, 2012
Rafer Guzman and Kristen Meinzer discuss "Trouble With The Curve," a film that revives the debate presented in last year’s hit “Moneyball,” with a professional baseball scout. Which method — scouts or stats — is truly superior?
Thursday, September 20, 2012
By Alec Hamilton : Assistant Producer, WNYC News
The World Baseball Classic is underway in Jupiter, Florida. It's the third time since 2005 that the international baseball tournament has taken place. And while some countries such as the U.S. and Japan are known for their skill on the diamond, another country is also making its way through the tournament with the help of a New Yorker.
Wednesday, September 05, 2012
By Stephen Nessen : Reporter, WNYC News
After a loss Tuesday night, the Yankees have let their 10-game division lead evaporate and are now sharing first place in the AL East with the Baltimore Orioles. With only 27 games left in the regular season fans are frustrated, and hoping the pinstripes will pull through.
Tuesday, June 19, 2012
Last week, the Italian conductor Riccardo Muti threw out the ceremonial first pitch at a Chicago Cubs game at Wrigley Field. Watch this slideshow of conductors' first pitches.
Wednesday, May 30, 2012
Hoboken, NJ is less than 5 miles from Manhattan -- but its main street couldn’t be more different from Wall Street. This quiet town with a population of 50,000 or so has served as the birthplace of baseball, the small-but-hardy rock venue Maxwell’s, and a long-running indie band called Yo La Tengo. We hear more when music writer Jesse Jarnow joins us with his new book, "Big Day Coming: Yo La Tengo and the Rise of Indie Rock."
Friday, May 18, 2012
Fenway Park, the Boston Red Sox’s storied ballpark, celebrated it’s 100th birthday late last month. And in honor of the centennial, moments in Red Sox history were remembered and relived like the "Curse of the Bambino." But today, we’re talking about one element of Fenway’s history that is rarely spoken of: it’s troubled racial past.