\ˈbās-ˌbol\ \in-ˈsäm-nē-ə\


  1. I.prolonged and abnormal inability to obtain adequate sleep; attributed to thoughts of baseball, typically occurring during the month of October.

  2. II. a rare fatal prion disease that is inherited as an autosomal dominant trait, that is marked by progressive neurodegenerative changes especially in the thalamus, and that tends to follow a clinical course exhibiting disturbances of the sleep cycle, intractable insomnia, motor disturbances (as ataxia and myoclonus), dementia, coma, stupor, and death.

The game started at 7:00 EST, as Cheney finished his warmup throws in the bullpen and began a slow jog to the mound at storied RFK Stadium. Shortly after the first batter was announced Cheney plunked the first three hitters... read more

The pharmaceutical behemoth was rumored to have been seeking a former heavy user to hopefully provide validation for the company’s new proprietary topical formula, now containing an extra hundred thousandth percent of an undisclosed equine tranquilizer, apparently responsible for the .005% increase in overall testosterone touted by the product’s exterior label... read more

The term sabermetrics was coined by the noted baseball author and researcher Bill James, who defined it as the search for objective knowledge about base- ball (the “saber” part comes from the organization known as the Society for American Baseball Research—SABR—which was established in 1971) ... read more

It was the 8th inning of a nail biter between the Boston Red Sox and Seattle Mariners when the unexplainable occurred. Just moments after recording the final out of the frame, Red Sox center fielder Coco Crisp was side swiped by a Moose speeding southbound. Final reports indicate the Moose was traveling several times faster than the posted speed limit of 4... read more

After a forty-four year absence the Subway Series finally returned to the Big Apple matching the ever-present New York Yankees against their cross-town rivals, the New York Mets. The American Leaguers had continued to dominate the postseason, winning three out of the last four titles, and the Nationals were determined to finally end their reign... read more

  1. BulletCelebrating America’s pastime by sharing the stories that best define the art of professional baseball. Nearly two hundred generations of baseball players and fanatics have contributed to the seemingly endless stream of statistical records kept on the game. Baseball has become engrained within our culture and is reborn every spring. This unique game, in which the defense has the ball, features no time limits and is the only sport not played within the guidelines of a rectangular area.

The Modern method of blocking the plate is, quite simply, illegal. If you read the rule book (Rule 7.06 B), it is clear that the catcher is not allowed to block home plate in any way, shape, or form without having the ball in his hand. Period. The rules say that, and until about 1940 that is exactly what they meant. In the Knotty Problems of Baseball in the 1938 Spalding Guide, there occurs this exchange...read more

Joe DiMaggio’s batting streak ended on July 17, 1941. That same day, numbers were being picked out of a fishbowl in New York City to see who would be drafted into the United States Army. Each number picked, unlike the Vietnam era draft that you may remember, represented just one young man. The second number chosen, number 90, belonged to a twenty-one-year-old kid named Joe DiMaggio. You can imagine the resulting publicity; the media just loves that kind of thing. The kid welcomed the publicity, but he said he felt awfully bad that Joe’s streak had come to an end...

Steeped in legend and lore, baseball is a fascinating game. Unlike most other sports, there is no clock in baseball. The game cannot end until the winning team has retired 27 batters. It is also the only sport where the defense has control of the ball. More specifically, the game cannot move forward until the pitcher makes a pitch... read more

During a spring training game against the Chicago White Sox in 1963, the Reds' regular second baseman, Don Blasingame, pulled a groin muscle; Rose got his chance and made the most of it. During another spring training game against the New York Yankees, Whitey Ford gave him the derisive nickname "Charlie Hustle" after Rose sprinted to first base after drawing a walk. Despite (or perhaps because of) the manner in which Ford intended it, Rose adopted that nickname as a badge of honor... read more


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