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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 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

Some Damn Fine Cards

Apparently the Brits fancy themselves experts on baseball cards, proclaiming a bunch of high end pieces of thin cardboard, the "worst" cards in history. Well they don't know shit and should stick to critiquing cricket cards. These cards are in a word awesome. The truly sad thing is that they did not include the infamous Billy Ripken "Fuck Face" card. Easily the best card of the 1987 Topps set, incidentally the best set of the 80s. Check out their picks - here.

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