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  1. Bill's Rare Photo Finds.

    1937 AL All-Stars; July 7, 1937, Griffith Stadium---BB Reference 1937 All-Star G.

    The AL beat the NL, 8-3. Each side got 13 hits. Lefty Gomez got the win, over Dizzy Dean/Carl Hubbell.
    Game in which Dizzy Dean suffered a broken toe, off the bat of Earl Averill, leading to his career demise.

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  2. How to be a confident baseball player in 20 min!

    How to increase confidence in 20 min

    Confidence. Just say that word in your head. What does it mean to you? For me it means believing that I am able to perform up to my expectations toward the task at hand. Now for baseball, confidence is as valuable as gold....no forget gold. Its as valuable as a diamond because in the beginning, for a lot of players, our confidence is about as shiny as black coal. It takes a lot of refinement for the coal to turn into diamonds. The other reason ...

    Updated 08-21-2010 at 09:25 PM by Mark Brooks

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  3. Fixing the Hall of Fame - Part 5b: Continued

    21-30: Players of the quality of the better veterans’ committee selections. The numerical argument is frequently harder to see. Again, all are in the Hall of Merit.
    • John Beckwith-3B/SS (1918-38) (WAR) (#31 HOP) (HoM 1957-18th) – Great Negro League hitter and successful manager.
    • Charlie Bennett-C (1878-93) (37.7 WAR) (#32 HOP) (HoM 1921-23rd) – Most durable catcher of his day and a much better hitter than the average backstop. OPS+ of 142 1881-88. Much beloved in Detroit where ...
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  4. Fixing the Hall of Fame - Part 5b: So, Who Should Be Elected To the Hall of Fame?

    In the extremes, there are basically two answers to the question, who should be elected to the Hall of Fame? 1) Nobody but the all-time greats. 2) Everybody better than the worst player enshrined.

    The first answer is the Small Hall view, taken to its logical extreme. That view sees the Hall as a place only for the “best of the best”; we must stop “watering it down” and only elect the greatest of each generation. So this means what? Five players in a decade? Whatever.
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  5. Fixing the Hall of Fame - Part 5a: Towards Constructing a Useful Hall of Fame Ballot

    Part of the educational program to develop the electorate will be to give them a ballot with more information about the players than just names. We want to try to include useful information in a concise format. Voters will also be directed to sources for more information.

    The aim is two fold: 1) to give the voters a statistical portrait, an image of every candidate, side-by-side with the other candidates; 2) to encourage the voters to perform further exploration of the candidates. ...
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