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Why is My Team Wearing Pink—And Other Complaints About Baseball’s “Special” Jerseys
This Great Game OpinionWhile there’s good heart to acknowledge behind baseball’s special event uniforms, isn’t this an exercise in fashion that’s starting to get out of hand?

They Were There: Marty Appel
Marty AppelMarty Appel recalls his time with the New York Yankees during the 1960s and 1970s—and being one of the few people to work for George Steinbrenner and not get fired.

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 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.

The Ballparks: Arlington Stadium
The Ballparks: Arlington StadiumSomewhere deep in the heat of Texas, within the hyphen that separates Dallas and Fort Worth, the Texas Rangers played ball at an overgrown minor league ballpark that featured a plethora of bleacher seats but little else—especially shade for the searing sun and sudden downpours. Located next to Six Flags, Arlington Stadium was never able to hoist that seventh flag, but served as the jerry-rigged precursor for better venues to come.

A Look Back on May, 2017
this great game comebacker logoThe Month That Was in Baseball: Adam Jones and the racist underbelly of Fenway Park; Matt Harvey loses his supermodel, then his mind—then several days' worth of pay; Want to wear a single-digit uniform for the Yankees? #0 is all that's left; So long to Jim Bunning. All this and more, including our Best and Worst of the Month, check it out!

Ten Great Baseball Talents Who Left Us Way Too Soon
This Great Game Lists As in all professions, there sadly is a mortality rate within baseball—though it is awfully small given the health and young ages of the players. And that just makes it all the more shocking when news hits of a budding star whose life is suddenly and unexpectedly snuffed out. Here's ten players that could have been among the greatest ever seen in baseball. Because of their untimely deaths, we’ll never know.

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 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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