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Baseball: You’ve Got It All Wrong On Fixing the Strike Zone
This Great Game ListsThe MLB Rules Committee is talking about adjusting the strike zone to enhance the game’s offense, but umpires won’t break their habits—unless…


They Were There: Mudcat Grant
Mudcat GrantOne of baseball's first black pitchers, Mudcat Grant looks back on the crucial baseball knowledge he gained from Larry Doby and Satchel Paige.


It Was Twenty Years Ago Today...
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 Ballparks: Shibe Park
The Ballparks: Shibe ParkIn baseball’s landscape of horse buggies and wooden carts, Shibe Park emerged as the Model T of ballparks, a sparkling trendsetter that introduced steel and concrete to the game’s vernacular, beget rooftop entrepreneurs long before Wrigley and brought the game out of its lumbered, fire-cursed squalor. That it stood for generations while two tenants largely stank up the joint was a testament to its perseverance.


A Look Back on April
this great game comebacker logoThe Month That Was in Baseball: Baseball rewrites the history on who originally wrote the rules of the game; A Story-book beginning for a rookie in Colorado; John Oliver shames the Yankees and their Legends Suites; Just call the reigning NL batting champ PE-Dee Gordon. All this and the season's first selections of winners (and losers) from our Best and Worst of the Month, check it out!


The Ten Most Notable Omissions From Our Top Ten Lists
This Great Game Lists As suggested by you, the sometimes angry people who email and think we have it all wrong, here's our selection of baseball greats you think would have made the grade on our assorted Top Ten lists—but didn't. Don’t blame us, blame the numbers.



1908 The Merkle Boner
1908: The Merkle BonerAre the 2016 Chicago Cubs for real? Their hot start is simply emboldening the notion that this may finally be the year they go all the way for the first time since 1908—when the Cubs were handed a trip to the World Series courtesy of one of baseball's most legendary gaffes.


The Ten Greatest Yankees Hitters
Yogi BerraWith spry baseball skills, a smile to love and a sense of humor unique and clever as it comes, the late Yogi Berra won three MVP titles in five years for the mighty Yankees—but where does he stand among the list of pinstriped legends that spans Babe Ruth to Mickey Mantle to Alex Rodriguez? Find out now!


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