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Blind-sided: Blue Jacketsí Jack Johnson is bankrupt; who led him there is biggest shocker

I don't know if I'm more angered at the parents for doing it or for being so stupid: "Tina Johnson borrowed at least $15 million in her son's name against his future earnings, sources told The Dispatch, taking out a series of high-interest loans perhaps as many as 18 from nonconventional lenders that resulted in a series of defaults."

You have power of attorney on a seven-year annuity that will pay out $30.5 million dollars. There are approximately 1 zillion white-shoe firms that will arrange for a low-interest loan against that or pay you something close to the present value of the annuity. You don't need a goddamn loan at all. Assuming a US real interest rate of 2% and the contract is paid in seven installments of US$4.35 million, if you signed it today that's a present value of $28 million. Someone will gladly give you $25 million or more today. In your hand. And all legal like without any lowered voices, broken knees or having to duck down an alley.

It's criminally stupid the teams and players' unions don't do more to educate players about finances. And it would probably help if half the agents were defrocked. This is a great example of why kids with bad parents should seek out a significant other who hates their parents.

posted by yerfatma at 04:16 PM on November 21

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MLB Roster Lineage

Ken Ryan → Heathcliff Slocumb → Derek Lowe → Craig Hansen → Jason Bay → Brandon Workman/Anthony Ranaudo

And I had such high hopes for Ranaudo. Someone needs to do a George Washington and chop that tree down before it poisons the Fenway bullpen permanently.

Man, Ken Ryan was The Next Big Thing: local kid from Pawtucket who dominated AAA like no one I can remember (he had some amazing scoreless streak where he went like 30 innings, as a reliever, without letting the ball out of the infield). Ah, who am I kidding, I can remember Tomo Okha and a bunch of other Never Wases.

posted by yerfatma at 11:20 AM on November 21

Lisa Saxon, the woman who helped change sports writing forever.

Thanks for this.

posted by yerfatma at 11:09 AM on November 21

Wigan owner makes controversial comment about Jews

Happy crap, this is after he allayed the concerns of Wigan MP Lisa Nandy by stating, "She's not a Wigan lass, so she doesn't understand football. But we can try and give her some help." Who knew Malky's texts would work out as a resume and cover letter?

posted by yerfatma at 07:27 PM on November 20

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The assumption he doesn't have a grandson is framing too.

Right, but that's me being a dick here in the forum and nothing to do with how he ought to feel. Legislate it however you like and I'm open to the idea you're more frustrated with the overblown backlash (Wilbon on PTI suggested his 90 year-old father would have "kicked the Saints' fan's butt" if he'd been at the stadium). My take is completely informed by the warping Catholic school gave me: it doesn't matter whether the woman was "owed the catch". The Bengals fan doesn't enter in to it. All that matters is the guy's intent and what he perceived the situation to be. If he honestly thought a Bengals player was running to that particular space in an away stadium to give a ball to anyone who wanted it, then he's in the clear.

posted by yerfatma at 03:08 PM on November 19

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Why should an adult fan who has caught a football tossed into the stands feel obligated to give it to another adult fan?

That's one way of framing the question. Another would be to mention a player from the visiting team was trying to get a souvenir to a fan of his team and this guy jumped between. He shouldn't feel obligated to return it but he should feel like a dick and I feel like the story about his grandson in a different section is a ret-conned Canadian Girlfriend tale.

posted by yerfatma at 09:35 AM on November 19

Penny-pinching, no more!

Not old enough but I still remember he was called "The Boston Strangler" for the same reason.

posted by yerfatma at 09:30 AM on November 19

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Haven't even finished the article yet but I knew I had to link this for the embedded video showing some cool stats related to a Jason Heyward grab. Why can't ESPN's odious "Sports Science™*" be more like this.

* Does not contain actual science but science-like extruded polymer product not shown to cause cancer in most** laboratory rats.
** Before you ask about R or P values, we had our sports scientists handle the study's controls.

posted by yerfatma at 01:51 PM on November 18

Penny-pinching, no more!

Surely it was written by Bruce Dickinson, not Coleridge. At some point I need to finish Richard Holmes two-volume bio to see if Dickinson gets a mention.

I highly recommend Holmes' The Age of Wonder to all you nerds

posted by yerfatma at 08:21 AM on November 18

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Martin has had two great years, but 5 years for a pair of knees that have caught more than 8,000 innings seems like a lot. You have to go back to 2007/ 2008 for another pair of years where Martin performed like he has the last two seasons.

posted by yerfatma at 08:15 AM on November 18

FIFA Goal of the Year nominees

Escape To Victory

To match the target market's enthusiasm, it was Victory! in the US.

posted by yerfatma at 01:10 PM on November 17

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Looks like you wanted this link. Interesting to see he played up in New England which makes his hitch-hiking in Field of Dreams way more accurate than I would have guessed.

posted by yerfatma at 12:11 PM on November 12

Joe Hart prevented a goal

That's what I was wondering when I looked up the rule for this post. If the ref was right to allow the re-kick the current rule should be changed to be consistent with playing the advantage. Hart's double-tap shouldn't prevent a goal.

posted by yerfatma at 12:10 PM on November 12

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Real Sociedad to bring the excitement of rainy nights in Stoke to La Liga.

posted by yerfatma at 08:20 AM on November 11

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I think yerfatma meant to link here.

You're so far down in the cricket hole you think he's a household name in the US?

posted by yerfatma at 11:46 AM on November 07

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Until we have EPV readily available, there's Hollinger's PER or the advanced stats in the game's box score. One takeaway from the box score: the Celtics should cut off Evan Turner's hands for an easy improvement.

posted by yerfatma at 09:09 AM on November 07

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The secret to Sachin's success: lettuce walls.

posted by yerfatma at 09:03 AM on November 07

Despite Vehement Public Claims of Innocence, A-Rod Admitted to DEA He Used Steroids

even drew blood from him in the men's room of a South Beach nightclub

I'm struggling to come up with a scenario where that is both necessary and sensible. Dr. Nick Riviera would blush. The timing on these revelations is pretty handy for baseball and the Yankees.

posted by yerfatma at 08:35 AM on November 06

Giants Win World Series

he plays against the data for an entire season which gets them to game 7 in the World Series

That is certainly one way of looking at it. Another would be: he stops touching the stove right before his hand gets burned badly.

he earned the win on the strength of Troy O'Leary's home run.

Your memory is going: Troy O'Leary's two homes runs (generating 7 RBI).

posted by yerfatma at 08:55 AM on October 31

Giants Win World Series

Mynd you, møøse bites Kan be pretti nastï

posted by yerfatma at 03:58 PM on October 30

Giants Win World Series

this poor Chevy executive is the World Series LVP (Least Valuable Pitchman)

Erin Andrews is staring a hole in Rikke Wilde*, thinking, "If he would just listen to me about probiotics!"

* Is that his Chippendale's name or something?

posted by yerfatma at 12:32 PM on October 30

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Does size matter? Apparently so at White Hart Lane.

posted by yerfatma at 04:03 PM on October 29

Denver Broncos Fan Disappears During Game

Wasn't that a Glenn Campbell ditty?

posted by yerfatma at 03:57 PM on October 29

Denver Broncos Fan Disappears During Game

Sloppers generally include grilled buns

Before or after eating?

posted by yerfatma at 02:42 PM on October 29

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"[She] wouldn't be able to handle it It's nothing against you personally but all the time I'm alive, a woman will never referee in my league."

Nothing against you, it's more an issue with the 50% of the world that shares the same gender as you.

posted by yerfatma at 02:42 PM on October 29

What's in a shirt?

Raised collars you can pop? Pass. Just the simple v-neck collar, thanks.

While I had to hold in a gag when Liverpool's third jersey, awful enough in design, also added a collar as you scrolled, without collars you can pop we don't get this.

posted by yerfatma at 11:20 AM on October 29

Denver Broncos Fan Disappears During Game

Wait, Pueblo, CO isn't a hot-bed of learning and culture? Why did all of my childhood reading material come from there then?

posted by yerfatma at 11:17 AM on October 29

What's in a shirt?

Looking at this in a normal browser instead of a mobile/ tablet, the scroll wheel thing is actually pretty cool.

posted by yerfatma at 08:50 AM on October 29

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Nick Saban's house is paid for. By boosters.

posted by yerfatma at 12:49 PM on October 27

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The fastest player in the Premier League this year sprinted 36kph. And his name is Phil Jagielka.

posted by yerfatma at 10:30 AM on October 27

PGA Exec Calls Ian Poulter 'Little School Girl'

Totally unacceptable: the PGA isn't supposed to acknowledge the existence of women. The idea they exist and have opinions is abhorrent.

posted by yerfatma at 07:13 PM on October 24

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If you cover soccer for the MLS, try not to have any opinions. The article asks if this is what Don Garber meant when he said,

"I do not only ask, I insist that all those people who are paid to work in the sport, whether that's an MLS employee, an MLS coach, or whether it's a coach for the U.S. national team, they align with the vision that has been established by the leaders in the sport."

Reading that only deepens my opinion he's a very small, very insecure moron.

Some Google VP wasn't informed no one cares who does it second and went and broke Felix Baumgartner's space dive record.

posted by yerfatma at 02:25 PM on October 24

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Osh Kosk B'gosh

posted by yerfatma at 08:33 PM on October 20

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More discussion of baseball's post-season TV ratings. One thing that would be interesting to look at is the total number of viewers across all games for the post-season. The number of games and the spread to cable dilutes the peaks (and the quality), but are they getting more overall people to watch?

posted by yerfatma at 02:02 PM on October 20

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Love Peter King's explanation of the Rams' punt return TD:

Fassel, who obviously saw in scouting the Seahawks that punter Jon Ryan mostly kicked to his left when trying to pin the opponent deep in its territory, had return man Tavon Austin line up to the punting team's right (Austin's left), and when the ball was punted, Austin faded further to his left, and his protection also went left even though Ryan punted the ball where Fassel thought he would, toward the coffin corner, on the opposite side of the field from Austin. Meanwhile, seven Seahawks charged toward Austin. The punt flew away from the crowd, but Stedman Bailey did just what Fassel had ordered— run down the field where the punt was going, not where the crowd was flowing.

posted by yerfatma at 01:53 PM on October 20

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It always seemed like Hoffy wasn't quite as reliable in a tie game

The one that always drives me nuts is closers who routinely (again, possibly confirmation bias) give up runs in non-save situations. I feel like Papelbon and Lowe were kings of that. Oh look: "Papelbon has been flawless when securing a save this year [2012], with 16 scoreless innings. In non-save scenarios, however, his ERA is 6.48." Similar story the year before.

posted by yerfatma at 01:57 PM on October 17

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Well, one good thing came out of last night's Pats' win-that-felt-like-a-loss: the Jets managed to lose in a way no one had ever done before.

posted by yerfatma at 11:02 AM on October 17

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The team's "closer" only seems to be used in a save situation

It's one of those weird things in sports where it became accepted wisdom because a team succeeded with it and people made the logical leap to it being the reason they succeeded. And Tony LaRussa was never one to deny his own brilliance. The reality was the A's were a fantastic team top to bottom and had a closer on perhaps the best run in history (which The Eck punctuated in perfect Eck style by remarking at the end of the year, "Let's see some other motherfucker do that!"1). Like in every sport, once there's an accepted practice, it's used by lesser coaches as a CYA thing: "Sure it might have been stupid to not bring my closer in for the high-leverage situation that cost us the game, but The Book says not to do that on the road!"

Jonah Keri mentions it in his current article about the Giants manager Bruce Bochy, praising Bochy for using his bullpen in a retro way instead of hewing to Conventional Wisdom.

1. The top (only?) Google result for this possibly apocryphal story is me saying it 8 years ago, so don't take it as gospel

posted by yerfatma at 09:36 AM on October 17

Was Belichick to New England the Best Deal in NFL History?

I don't understand the SI site: it was amazing to me it's unreadable on a tablet. It's unbelievable it's hard to use in a browser as well.

posted by yerfatma at 09:08 AM on October 17

Royals Advance to First World Series Since 1985

"Manager Ned Yost has become Midas here in October,"

Free mufflers for everyone! Really happy for them and hope they can win it all. A quarter century of failure has been enough time to dull the pain and my hate for that AstroTurf team of speed merchants that wrecked seemingly every other Sox season of my youth.

posted by yerfatma at 08:34 AM on October 16

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trying to get calls you don't deserve

That assumes perfect umpiring, which we do not have. Given the strike zone is defined by the current home plate umpire's perception of it, there is a gray area between balls and strikes-- why wouldn't the players involved try to make that gray area theirs?

posted by yerfatma at 08:10 AM on October 15

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Dodgers have hired Andrew Friedman, the Rays' old GM, to be president of baseball operations leading to a writer teasing a story about Joe Maddon following him to LA.

And it appears today's Albania/ Serbia match got a little too interesting; no story yet but if you check out the author's feed, it looks like a drone flying an Albanian flag above the stadium led to a riot.

posted by yerfatma at 04:14 PM on October 14

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All this hoo-hah just because of some rectal play. No wonder the parents are mad they're blaming the kids!

posted by yerfatma at 08:50 AM on October 09

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Waiting for Mo' Dough

posted by yerfatma at 02:27 PM on October 08

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Could it also be a result of Molina's gift for pitch framing? Gives me a good excuse to link this article about the Red Sox' Christian Vazquez from a little while ago. The Yankee in the third GIF should have hit the ump with his bat. The Yankee in the final GIF, well, I don't know, hit the ump multiple times I guess.

posted by yerfatma at 01:21 PM on October 08

The NBA has a new TV deal.

That's the kind of thinking that keeps casinos open. You're extrapolating from a single team in the country's largest media market that was bought 33 years ago for $12.5 million. Even in 2014 dollars, that's only $37,980,606. If you're gifted a team today, it has to play somewhere and you're in a media market that wasn't attractive enough to land a team previously. The Rams aren't ecstatic about being in St. Louis, so I don't know how well an NBA team would do. You're either leasing a dated arena or taking on debt to finance one and you're on the hook for a minimum of $52 million in salary a year and that only funds a replacement-level team that won't draw. Now you need to worry about parking, access, vendors, tv and radio deals, local politics . . . give me the steady stream of smaller checks and nothing to do.

posted by yerfatma at 11:09 AM on October 08

The NBA has a new TV deal.

Would you? Most of the benefits with none of the risk, cost or work sounds pretty good to me.

posted by yerfatma at 08:42 AM on October 08

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The spirit of the game also takes a hit under your proposal, since injured players making a heroic effort to return -- particularly when no substitutions remain -- is part of soccer lore.

That only applies in England. Johnny Foreigner has never braved even a hangnail.

posted by yerfatma at 01:20 PM on October 07

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Warming to the subject, while my weasel phrase "possibility of a concussion" takes some of the bite out of my idea, this is the second time in a year a keeper has suffered a YGKFO*-class cranial event so even if we limit the "possibility of a concussion" to "lost consciousness" we'd still be making progress. I'm ok with FIFA and FAs not wanting video replay (I would like to have a limited form of it) but they should require the stadia to play replays of any possible head injury from all available TV angles so the refs, the medical staff, coaches and, most importantly, the fans can see. I don't know if I was even a teenager when I learned to "diagnose" knockouts in football and boxing (admittedly back then it was because we thought they were "radical!" and "wicked!"); they're pretty easy to spot. So if you see your favorite player hit the deck without bothering to put his arms out in front of him and the manager of your team starts talking to him like "Do you wanna stay in and be a Real Man", boo the shit out of him until the culture changes.

See technical description here, NSFW audio.

posted by yerfatma at 01:19 PM on October 07

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Courtois was removed immediately after his bleeding ear was noticed and taken to the hospital. The issue is that he was clearly and quite obviously knocked out 13 minutes before that

It seems to be much the same cultural issue the NFL had. The Guardian minute-by-minute report on the game informed everyone Courtois was taken to the hospital purely for "precautionary reasons". If I were stabbed and bleeding, you could say I was taken to the hospital purely as a precaution that I might continue to bleed.

+1 for temp subs

Couple problems with this: it is in direct opposition to the spirit of the game and it's open to abuse. To his credit, Twellman (who is a bit of a nut but a very good advocate on this subject on ESPN FC) points out the flaws in each solution while rightly dumping responsibility back in the lap of FIFA/ national FAs. My solution would be a simple, effective and totally unpopular one: if there's the possibility of a concussion* the player is removed and that's that. The decision should be made by an independent medical professional. If it takes 7 minutes to decide and that's too long for play to stop, then the player comes off and he doesn't come back next week unless he's been cleared. There's no way to game it (short of intentionally knocking an opponent out) and the rule (unfortunately) favors larger teams (who can afford deeper benches) so it would have a chance of passing with FAs.

I'd be ok with it not counting against the team's substitutions but that opens it up to gamesmanship and this is people's brains and remaining lifetimes we're talking about so let's avoid any opening for screwing around. The history of concussions in US sports shows neither players nor coaches can be trusted to do the right thing (not even team doctors!) so take it completely out of their hands.

* Obviously this is a giant grey area itself but let's ignore it for a second.

posted by yerfatma at 01:06 PM on October 07

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The EPL is still taking concussions as seriously as ever. If fluid leaking from a guy's ear isn't enough to get him removed, let's just pack it in.

posted by yerfatma at 10:57 AM on October 07

MLB Pace-of-Game Committee Suggests Six New Rules

I think they got burned by not being specific enough with Fox in the contract; no idea how old their deal is, but I'm guessing at the time Fox maybe had FX on cable and that was it. So MLB was probably happy to agree to let Fox air games on the OTA network and use their cable channels as backups if games overlapped. Now Fox has dumped them onto channels some people don't even have. Like poor Peter King when he's in a hotel room!

Also, the rise of FS1 and 2 burns me because we only get FS1 and the interesting (to me) Champion's League game always seems to be on FS2.

posted by yerfatma at 10:49 AM on October 07

MLB Pace-of-Game Committee Suggests Six New Rules

A bloody glove. Don't get me wrong, the idea baseball's popularity is declining makes intuitive sense to me as well, I'm just not sure it is "real" in any meaningful way. TV is the opiate of the masses yet the most popular show isn't anywhere near as popular as it used to be. It may be the explosion on options means people's interests are more varied. It may also be when you stop only asking white men what they like the numbers tend to shift away from baseball.

posted by yerfatma at 02:44 PM on October 06

MLB Pace-of-Game Committee Suggests Six New Rules

The audience is fragmented, but if that's the whole story the NFL and NBA would be seeing the same decline as baseball.

I don't think that's accurate: you're not comparing apples to apples and neither the NBA nor the NFL was at the heights baseball was 30 years ago. But if we use grum's numbers as a rough table for normalization, the top rating in 2013 is 45% of the top rating in 1980. So if baseball's best ratings are half of what they used to be, they're pretty much the same. That's a ridiculous over-simplification, but we have annual stories about the shocking decline in baseball's popularity without any concrete evidence it exists. It feels like baseball is treated unfairly because it was once "The National Pastime". Like the decline in movie attendance, geezers look at it and see failings in The Youth of Today because they assume how life was when they were young is How Things Ought To Be.

Baseball may not a main pillar of popular culture any longer, but we're also not stuck with a handful of stations on AM radio either. Maybe that larger audience in baseball's past was actually dying for another option.

posted by yerfatma at 12:58 PM on October 06

MLB Pace-of-Game Committee Suggests Six New Rules

I've been following the game since 1974. I can't recall a single time anyone botched an IBB toss.

A few short things here: it does happen and even if you haven't seen it, the possibility exists and that is exciting. Sport, especially baseball for me, is about the point between possibility and result, when the quantum outcome cloud collapses into a single kinetic event. An intentional walk has that; sending the runner to a base by executive fiat does not. It's making a sport more like a video game and I do not care for it. Let video games be video games and Fox can fuck off with their Street Fighter graphics packages. The reductio ad absurdum of making sports "more exciting" is to reduce them to roto and just have a spreadsheet on the screen that updates every 10 seconds or so with the results of a random number generator creating outcomes.

I am in no way endorsing the idea of 4 hour long baseball games and would love to see a lot of the time wasting crap removed, but you're focusing on intentional walks that take up about 0.0001% of the time in the season. Relative to between half-inning advertising, walks are a rounding error in the total elapsed time of a season's games.

I find that national broadcasts have become insufferable.

A thousand times this. They broadcast the entire game for the benefit of people who don't watch baseball and "the next generation of fans" without realizing none of them are watching now either because you insist on starting the games at 8:30 in the East regardless of who is playing and what day it is. The best way to sell your product is to put it on at a convenient time and let the people who love it convince someone to sit down and watch with them. The number of people who become fans of a sport without any encouragement from friends or family has to be close to 0.

posted by yerfatma at 09:00 AM on October 06

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Joba Chamberlain is not having a good post-season.

posted by yerfatma at 03:40 PM on October 03

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Thirteen Ways of Looking at Greg Maddux

Can't recommend this piece enough. Fantastic read.

posted by yerfatma at 02:57 PM on October 03

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Really enjoying the Maddux piece, but I have to take exception to a part I just came across:

"Maddux had a cadre of entirely forgettable catchers: Damon Berryhill, Charlie O'Brien, Eddie Perez, Paul Bako, Henry Blanco. "
I haven't forgotten any of them and I can see 4 of them in my mind's eye right now. Paul Bako's a bit hazy.

posted by yerfatma at 01:31 PM on October 03

Why no one wants to host the 2022 Olympics

deadspin's take has a list of demands the IOC makes. Those alone would make me tell them off. Some part of me still believes we're not far from a time when the IOC and FIFA get torn apart and rebuilt, but then I remember money talks. It's going to require multiple, major Western nations to skip an event or two though and I'm not sure there's enough of a common bond to make it happen for any one country, let alone many.

posted by yerfatma at 08:31 AM on October 03

Watch the Senators beat the Giants in the 1924 World Series.

takes off his glove and starts working the ball with his hands

I was thinking this might have been due to a dirty or beat-up ball, but Ray Chapman was killed in 1920, so it might be the opposite, trying to beat it up and pop the seams out to give the pitcher an advantage. Or maybe it was just a sign of the times, like wearing an onion on your belt.

Thanks Ufez.

posted by yerfatma at 08:28 AM on October 03