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The Delightful Confessions of a Spring Training Fan
This Great Game OpinionIf you’re a big baseball fan and you’ve never made it to spring training, you’re kidding yourself. Here’s more push for you to make the pilgrimage.


They Were There: John D’Acquisto
John D'AcquistoThe former pitcher and restaurateur talks of his playing days on the West Coast—and those afterward, when there was rarely a dull moment.


Can the Teasers of 2016 Prove They Belong in 2017?
This Great Game OpinionA look at the best of 2016's call-ups who impressed at the end of the season, and their chances for providing an encore over 162 games in 2017.


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 Ballparks: Fenway Park
The Ballparks: Fenway ParkIt’s crowded. It’s uncomfortable. It’s expensive. And it’s on everyone’s bucket list. With disharmonious angles, unpredictable caroms and wall heights ranging from a pesky three feet to a monstrously green 37, Fenway Park is baseball’s ultimate pinball machine, nearly unplugged more times than a cat has lives before its antiquity became too priceless to abandon. And always remember: When you enter, you’re not merely a spectator—you’re a participant. Have a great time.


2016 Cubs Win! Cubs Win!
2016: Cubs Win! Cubs Win!With stout pitching, a confident batch of young hitters and a magnetic manager, it finally all comes together for the Cubs, who shred baseball’s longest-ever championship drought at the expense of the Cleveland Indians—who now own baseball's longest current World Series dry spell.


The TGG Movie Review: “Fear Strikes Out”
Fear Strikes OutJimmy Piersall was a talented player bedeviled by mental illness. So who better to portray him than Anthony Perkins, right? This is over-the-top, 1950s Hollywood sensationalism at work, but is it enough to satisfy This Great Game’s Siskel & Ebert? Find out now.


Ten People Who Should Not be in Baseball’s Hall of Fame
This Great Game Lists Electing players to Cooperstown is not an exact science. In fact, everyone has their own opinion about who should be in the Hall of Fame—and who shouldn't. Here's ten egregious examples of the latter that everyone will mostly agree with.

 


A Look Back on January
this great game comebacker logoThe Month That Was in Baseball: The Hall of Fame fattens up with three new members; The sad passing of Yordano Ventura and Andy Marte on the same day—and it is possible to tell major leaguers to avoid driving in the Dominican Republic?; Minor league umpires move further away from minimum wage; The Cubs don't wait for President Trump to be feted at the White House. All this and more, check it out!


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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