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Burnham Field Review

Head Groundsman: 
The Ox
Construction History: 

The gates of Burnham officially opened on June 7, 2009 with the Lagers winning 7-4. The backstop was added the following year.

Pitcher's Mound: 
Angle of Play: 
58 deg
Field Kite Image: 
Playable Area - kite calculation: 
3,176 sq ft
Field Rating: 
+2 Pitcher
Rating Explanation: 

Burnham Field is rated a pitcher's park. It has some of the deepest and highest fences in the league. The batter often has to fight a stiff breeze coming across the meadow from the south. The pitcher throws from a flat mound to the oldest strike zone in the league. Due to the orientation of the field and the timing of the games at Burnham, the pitcher hardly ever deals with visibility issues from shadows or sun.

The Batter's View: 
Burnham Field Review
The Pitcher's View: 

Burnham Field lies nestled into a quiet corner of farmland in the majestic Champlain Valley. The newest park in LowBall, owner The Ox utilized the latest techniques to develop a venue as appealing to the fans as it is enjoyable for the players. The pitch is by far the flattest in the league sprawling out from home to the southeast into a long meadow. The outfield fence is a traditional consistent radius set at about 7 feet off the ground. Behind home, a beautiful permanent backstop rises covered in hops. This backstop has been featured in some of the most famous LowBall calendar photos.

Notable Games: 

Some of the most famous games in LowBall history have played out across Burnham's green wonderland. Most notable was the "lightning" game during which a collection of knuckleheads continued to play through a significant thunderstorm. That is until a strike of lightning hit the field crippling some of the players.

Quite possibly the most important game in LowBall history was played at Burnham to close season IV. With the league in turmoil and rumors flying that its demise may be imminent, a collection of diehard players converged at Burnham. The game would go down as one of the best Wifftobers ever played, the latest ever at Oct. 30th and the only Wifftober to be played on a single field. Some state that this game saved LowBall.

1800s Baseball Photography is Awesome

In the late 1800s, baseball players didn't have the luxury of high-tech cameras to capture their in-game bravado. Instead, players would sometimes pose with imperceptibly hung baseballs in portrait studios.

This bit of camera legerdemain was supposed to make players appear as if they were furiously concentrating on America's pastime. More often than not, this trick made the athletes look like telekinetic popinjays with fantastic mustaches.

Full article and photos at Deadspin

The Cup Of Coffee Club: The Ballplayers Who Got Only One Game

The most famous Cup of Coffee player of all time, due exclusively to his appearance in W.P. Kinsella's 1982 novel Shoeless Joe and its subsequent film adaptation Field of Dreams, has to be Archibald “Moonlight” Graham. His story is now well known: He entered a 1905 game for the New York Giants as a defensive replacement in the eighth inning. Three outs later, he trotted in from right field and picked up a bat. He was due up fourth, meaning the team would just have to muster up one base-runner for him to see a Major League pitch. But, alas, his teammates failed him and he was left in the on-deck circle when the umpire called the final out. He never got to take a single hack at the ball.Read more

A Defensive Stalemate at Wiffmorial

A 12 inning epic without a conclusive victor, is that even possible?
Game Date: 
May 28, 2012
Epicocity of Game: 

On a day ripe with controversy and intrigue, the world famous LowBall league saw a first, a tie game. While there were mixed emotions concerning the outcome, the epicocity was not debated. It would be easy to surmise a simple pitcher's battle if one were to only look at the theoretical stats. However, buried under the numbers was a masterpiece layered with defensive super plays.

In an interesting start to play, the two rookies, The Show and The Scientist, chose teams in a secret draft that landed The Surgeon, Black Cloud, and Lonichiro on the same team for the first time since prohibition.
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The Marquee Series: Wiffmorial

Every season the LowBall connoisseur is treated to a veritable smorgasbord of piping hot wiffle. Within this feast of fast pitch, there are a few games that come with elevated pomp and plastic. These special festive occasions are eagerly awaited, with advance tickets selling faster than West Coast chooches a cold beverage. In seasons past, the casual observer had no way to identify these games prior to spotting the tall socks and High Life.Read more

A breakthrough in modern beverage consumption

"Aaron called me one night and was like, 'Are you sitting down?'" recalls Witt. "When I told him I was, he then he told me that he had the perfect score keeping idea.'"

That idea was the Scorzie, a metal koozie with two adjustable rings numbered one through 21. It's a simple idea -- Polack likes to say the software is perfect -- and the two couldn't find anything else like it out there.

"We decided the only thing we could do wrong was not do it," says Pollack. "We like to say it maintains an honest tally and a cold drink."

Despite its simplicity, the Scorzie took six to eight months and about a dozen prototypes to perfect. Witt has a manufacturing background and contacted some of his friends in that industry to help make the product a reality.Read more

His tombstone reads "One of the greatest card collectors of all time"

Baseball fans argue endlessly about the best ever to play the game, tossing around names like peanuts at a ballpark. But no one disputes that the greatest card collector was Jefferson R. Burdick.

Some hobbyists have more cards and some investors have more valuable collections. Yet all of them owe a debt of gratitude to Burdick, an unassuming bachelor from upstate New York who essentially created modern card collecting.

The father of card collectors, as Burdick was known among his admirers, amassed more than 30,000 baseball cards that are presumed to be worth millions of dollars.

But they will never reach the marketplace because Burdick gave his trove to the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the storehouse of civilization known for its Egyptian mummies, medieval armor and Renoirs. It also houses one of the largest baseball card collections in a public institution.

Full article over at the NY Times (not the greatest wiffle publication in the world)Read more

The Fields of LowBall: Temples of Play

As you close the car door, squeezed into the last available parking spot, and turn towards the field, you leave reality behind and enter into a realm of fantasy, where ordinary middle age men are sporting heroes and time seems to stand still. While the heart of LowBall lies with its cast of characters, the soul of the league resides in the soil and sod of the fields. These meticulously maintained pitches of plastic provide the canvas on which the epics are painted. Every game is an opportunity for the ordinary wiffler to weave themselves into the fabric of that field's history. The privilege to immerse oneself into a world where your worries and travails neither exist nor matter.Read more

Loggers Open Season 6 with a Win

Game Date: 
May 6, 2012
Epicocity of Game: 

The stars of LowBall turned out to celebrate the start of the sixth season of tall socks and warm beer. After some brief, but meaningful words from the Supreme Commissioner, play commenced. It didn't take long for the riveting action that has made LowBall famous to take hold. J-Mac had worked on his batting routine all winter, integrating an odd wrist roll and bat poke. The fruits of his offseason work paid quickly as he sent the little plastic ball into the tall grass as the lead-off batter of the game. After that things are unclear as stats are still outlawed in the land of LowBall, however it is known that Ox continued knock out pitching, Black Cloud sent two over the fence and The Show showed off his big swing with a drifted dinger.Read more