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Babe Ruth (credit: Nick Laham/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: Introducing Baseball’s Cumulative Base Proficiency (CBP)

I picked sixteen giants of the game, using the following career statistics: At-bats (AB), walks (W), total bases (TB), stolen bases (SB), caught stealing (CS) and hit-by-pitch (HP).

12/10/2012

Miguel Cabrera of the Detroit Tigers. (Photo by Chris Trotman/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: Miguel Cabrera’s Triple Crown

Miguel Cabrera’s Triple Crown placed him into an elite group in history.

11/26/2012

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By The Numbers: The Grey Eagle

Tris Speaker was one of the best players of a bygone era in baseball.

11/12/2012

Bruce Bochy (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: What Do We Do Now That Baseball Season Is Over?

When Miguel Cabrera took strike three from Sergio Romo at Comerica Park on Sunday night, the World Series was completed. The National Pastime was immediately suspended, as happens every fall until pitchers and catchers return next spring. So now what?

10/29/2012

Sandlot Stats: Learning Statistics with Baseball (Credit: http://www.sandlotstats.com/)

By The Numbers: A Review Of ‘Sandlot Stats’

In this issue of By The Numbers, we review a book which has just been released. The text, titled “Sandlot Stats: Learning Statistics with Baseball,” was authored by Dr. Stanley Rothman, a mathematics professor at Quinnipiac University.

10/15/2012

Babe Ruth (credit: Nick Laham/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: Babe Ruth’s Called Shot, Eight Decades Later — Part 5

The Great Bambino’s “Called Shot” is the one that has been the most debated events in MLB history.

10/01/2012

Babe Ruth (credit: Nick Laham/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: Babe Ruth’s Called Shot, Eight Decades Later – Part 4

Of all the events in the long history of Major League Baseball, this is the one that has been the most debated.

09/24/2012

Babe Ruth (credit: Nick Laham/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: Babe Ruth’s Called Shot, Eight Decades Later – Part 3

This installment of By The Numbers is a continuation of our last blog, which presented Bill William Jenkinson’s massive research dealing with Babe Ruth’s “called” home run. Below is a detailed account of the 1932 Fall Classic.

09/12/2012

By The Numbers: Babe Ruth’s Called Shot, Eight Decades Later – Part 1

Mr. William Jenkinson, who has been referenced in this blog many times in the past, is an internationally known baseball historian, lecturer, author and resource person. I dare say that no one on the planet knows more about Babe Ruth than Bill.

09/04/2012

By The Numbers: Babe Ruth’s Called Shot, Eight Decades Later – Part 2

By Father Gabe Costa » More Columns MAY: After being swept in a disappointing three game series against Walter Johnson’s Washington Senators at Griffith Stadium, the Yankees sidetracked to Bridgeport, Connecticut on May 4 to […]

09/04/2012

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By The Numbers: Cooperstown – Celebrating Baseball And Culture

For many people the mention of Cooperstown calls baseball to mind. Parents, wanting to communicate the love of baseball to their sons and daughters will take them to Cooperstown to visit the famous National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum.

08/27/2012

Statue of Jay Hanna 'Dizzy' Dean in St. Louis. (credit: Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: Dizzy Dean, The Gashouse Gang’s Real Gasser

Dean was a brash braggart, blessed with a great right arm. He was a character among characters; some of his teammates caroused, fought with both opponents and with each other and, as a team, brought joy to countless fans.

08/13/2012

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By The Numbers: Yogi Berra And Other True MLB Heroes

We use the word “hero” very easily and far too lightly. Yes, in a secondary way it can refer to someone who is admired for outstanding qualities or achievements.

07/30/2012

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By The Numbers: Reggie Being Reggie; A Closer Look At A-Rod’s Stats

We thought that peace had returned to the Bronx. At least until Reggie Jackson spoke up a few days ago.

07/16/2012

Babe Ruth (credit: Nick Laham/Getty Images)

By The Numbers: My Relationship With The Babe

In this installment of By The Numbers, I would like to share some personal feelings about the greatest player who ever lived…and my relationship with him…a relationship which began nearly six decades ago.

07/02/2012

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