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How Much Are Baseball Teams Worth? What Are Players Paid?

A lot. Not surprisingly, the Yankess top the list at $2.3 billion. For a listing of the other teams and the rationale behind the valuations, please come here. On a related note, come here to find out ballplayers’ salaries.

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2011 Baseball Salaries

Thanks to Cot’s Baseball Contracts, all the opening day player salaries are available by team. In addition, each player on every team has his contract history displayed, along with percs that some have negotiated. (The most usual seems to be having a hotel suite for away games, but Red Sox pitcher Daisuke Matsuzaka’s percs go far […]

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Baseball Biographies

Well, it is spring after all, and that can only mean one thing -baseball! We are unreconstructed Brooklyn Dodger fans and even if this means dating ourselves, we remember The Silver Fox (aka Duke Snider to you uninitiated) patrolling the outer reaches of Ebbets Field, the shadow of which we grew up in. For those […]

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Spalding’s Baseball Guides

Now that baseball season is once upon us, and we can focus on something other than Roger Clemens and Mark McGwire and steroids in baseball, here is a link to baseball of yesteryear, including that odd offshoot of indoor baseball. These Spalding Guides, 1889-1939 are presented by that bastion of America’s pastime, the Library of […]

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Emerald Guide to Baseball

Once again the harbinger of spring – baseball – is upon us. For your delectation, the Society for American Baseball Research is making freely available its Emerald Guide to Baseball, a compendium of virtually every statistic on every minor/major league team from the previous season. This almost 600 page tome should statisfy all of you […]

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Baseball Redux

 In a previous post, we had made reference to a Spalding baseball guide. Now the good people at the Library of Congress and the New York Public Library, both bastions of knowledge, have contributed even more to preserving this game’s past. “America’s National Game” from NYPL features over 500 photographs, prints, and illustrations from early baseball […]

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Play Ball!

With the opening of the 2019 baseball season safely behind us (Go, Mets!), now would be a good time to add to this site’s entries on baseball. “This boy comes the nearest to perfection in pitching of anyone in either major league at the present time. He has more speed than Spahn and almost perfect […]

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New Jerseyans in the Beijing Olympics

 The following athletes who call New Jersey home are participating in the 2008 Summer Olympics: Blaine Neal, Marlton(baseball); Sarah Mergenthaler, Harvey Cedars(sailing); Matthew Emmons, Brown Mills(shooting); Carli Lloyd, Delran(women’s soccer); Heather O’Reilly, East Brunswick(women’s soccer); Christie Rampone, Point Pleasant(women’s soccer); Heath Tobin, Basking Ridge(women’s soccer); Cullen James, New Brunswick(swimming); David Zhuang, West Windsor(table tennis); and […]

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All-Star Game

On July 15, the 2008 All-Star Game will be played at Yankee Stadium,  the last time this event will be hosted by this edifice. Listen to a Frank Deford report on Yankee Stadium and Bob Feller here. You are a click away from a  timeline of major events at Yankee Stadium. For more information and history on this […]

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This Sporting Life

 Thanks to the folks at Time, Inc., we now have free access to the past fifty-four years of Sports Illustrated, the main chronicler of sports in this country. This easy-to-use site offers access to every article published either in the magazine or its online sibling. Also, you can peruse cover galleries, selected videos, as well as thousands of photographs. […]

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Artists’ Biographies

 We have been notified of a new free web site that provides extensive biographical information on contemporary artists – Artists’ Gallery – brought out by the publishers of Who’s Who in American Art which the Library receives. This got us to thinking about other free sites which may provide a similar service. So here goes: […]

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Pitchers and Catchers

 Ignore the often incorrect divinations of an underground-dwelling mammal, the true harbinger of spring, with an 100% accuracy rate, is baseball spring training in its guises of the Cactus and Grapefruit Leagues. In case you think that baseball statistics are modern number-crunching, mind-numbing phenomena, look at Spalding’s Baseball Guide and Official League Book for 1895.  […]

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This Day in History …

 From the Library’s Web site: “On April 24, 1800, Pres. John Adams approved legislation that appropriated $5,000 to purchase “such books as may be necessary for the use of Congress.” The first books, ordered from London, arrived in 1801 and were stored in the U.S. Capitol, the Library’s first home. The collection consisted of 740 […]

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