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Ten Things I Hate About Baseball
This Great Game OpinionA list of pet peeves we could currently do without in an otherwise wonderful sport. Take a look and see if you agree.


They Were There: Dick Hyde
Dick HydeSubmarine-style reliever Dick Hyde discusses how he came to love the pitch, hate the Yankees and recall his favorite year.


Researching The Comebacker, Our Baseball Diary
The Comebacker Since 2008, we've provided a day-by-day account of everything related to Major League Baseball, and then some. Go back into recent times and relive (or learn, for the first time) baseball as it happened.


About This Great Game: How We Got From There to Here
Major League Baseball: The Twentieth Century cover 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 10 Best Pitchers of the 1920s
This Great Game Lists After having it their way for the first two decades of the 20th Century, pitchers entered a dark age in which they were no longer allowed to use a ball that was dead, scuffed and (with few exceptions) wet. But here’s a list of 10 prime pitchers who survived the decade with their dignity (and numbers) intact.


A Look Back on May, 2018
this great game comebacker logoThe Month That Was in Baseball: The Rays turn things around and go closer first, starter second; Albert Pujols reaches 3,000 career hits; MLB hires experts to explain the home run surge—and get no explanation; What the future holds for baseball now that the Supreme Court has given the okay to nationwide sportsbooks. All this and much more, including our picks for Best and Worst of the Month, check it out!


2017 Astronomical!
2017: Astronomical!The Houston Astros ride the long flights of record-breaking home run totals to defeat the favored Los Angeles Dodgers in an exhilarating and exhausting seven-game World Series—making good on a three-year-old prediction by Sports Illustrated magazine.



The Ballparks: The Polo Grounds
The Ballparks: The Polo GroundsPeculiar doesn’t even begin to describe the Polo Grounds, a bathtub of a ballpark that yielded pop fly home runs and tape-measure outs as it led almost as many lives as a cat against the rocky bluffs of Harlem. Through its resiliency manifested more than its share of baseball’s legendary moments and unforgettable actors, whether it was McGraw, Mathewson, Merkle, Master Melvin, Mays or, yes, even Marvelous Marv.


The Five Greatest Toronto Blue Jays Pitchers
Roy HalladayThe untimely passing of Roy Halladay is certain to evoke memories of his pitching excellence for both the Phillies and Blue Jays. Find out how the right-handed ace compares among the best of Toronto pitchers, may they be 1980s workhorse Dave Stieb, Cy Young Award recipient Pat Hentgen, or the brief but magnificent two-year run of Roger Clemens.


The TGG Movie Review: “Bang the Drum Slowly”
Bang the Drum SlowlyBorderline major league catcher Robert De Niro discovers he has only months to live—and star teammate Michael Moriarty does all he can to pull his friend through one final hurrah in this cinematically challenging but well-acted baseball tearjerker. But what do our Siskel & Ebert think? Find out now.


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