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They Were There: Jerry Reuss
Jerry ReussThe 220-game winner looks back at his early days with the Cardinals and Astros, his peak years with the Dodgers, and an endearing hobby photographing old ballparks.


2013: Coming on Strong
David Ortiz After two years of internal misery, the Boston Red Sox come together and give an emotional lift to a wounded city with an inspirational championship effort.


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 on YouTube
Dock Ellis no-hitter on lSDShortly after Dock Ellis was interviewed about pitching a 1970 no-hitter while under the influence of LSD, artist James Blagden and No Mas teamed up to create this entertaining and edgy illustrative recreation of Ellis' controversial achievement with his interview serving as a narration.


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.

Now That the Royals Are in, Who’s Gone the Longest Without a Postseason?
this great game comebacker logoThe Week That Was in Baseball: The six teams that have been waiting longer to return to the playoffs than anyone else; The last days of Derek Jeter, baseball player; Phil Hughes declines $500,000 for an out. All this and more, including the final strikeout count, Alan Trammell's strange promotion, Paul Konerko's special thanks to a White Sox fan and our picks for the Best and Worst of the Week!


Now Playing: The Ballparks
The BallparksNew from This Great Game, The Ballparks is an unrivaled review of major league ballparks past and present, detailing their political, logistical, and aesthetic histories—and how they impacted their cities, fans, teams and players. Start by reading through the ballparks' historical eras, or check out our inaugural batch of specific ballparks, including San Francisco's beautiful AT&T Park or the occasional deathtrap known as Baker Bowl in Philadelphia. Newly added: Atlanta's Turner Field.


The Ten Unlikeliest No-Hitters in Baseball History
This Great Game Opinions These pitchers had short and unsuccessful careers in the majors, but they achieved something that even some Hall of Famers could not: A no-hitter.





The Ten Greatest Orioles Hitters
George SislerLong before the Orioles became the Orioles, George Sisler was a one-of-a-kind threat for the ancestral St. Louis Browns—but does he tower on the franchise’s roll call of hitting greats, or will that honor belong to Baltimore-bound stars of lore such as the reliable Eddie Murray, the post-“old 30” Frank Robinson or the tireless Cal Ripken Jr.? Find out now!


1996 Here’s Spittin’ at You, Kid
1996: Here’s Spittin’ at You, KidThe postseason takes on a tabloid-style existence with Roberto Alomar's controversial inclusion into the playoffs, and a young fan in the right-field bleachers who saves the day—and maybe the season—for the New York Yankees and their rookie shortstop, Derek Jeter.


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