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The Missing Links: A Papier-Mâché Statue of Tom Hanks

Thank you so much to Julia Davis for filling in last week while I was out of town! * What’s a Papier-Mâché Statue of Tom Hanks Cost to Build These Days? About $10,000 if you believe this Kickstarter project. The creators of the project weren’t actually serious about the statue. They are, however, trying to make a serious [...]

Baseball’s Best (and Weirdest) Ballpark Promotions

In the 1960s, Major League Baseball teams began giving away bats, balls, caps, and helmets to lure fans to the ballpark. As Mets vice president James K. Thomson told the New York Times in 1968, “People like something for nothing. Everybody comes to the fair.” More than 40 years later, that philosophy still holds true. [...]

Bing Crosby’s Long-Lost World Series Footage

The Pittsburgh Pirates just wrapped up their 18th consecutive losing season. So for long-suffering Bucco fans like me, it’s sometimes hard to remember that the team from the Steel City wasn’t always the basement-dwelling punching bag they are today. Thankfully, connecting with the glorious past of the Pirates just got a little easier. This year, [...]

Bing Crosby’s Long-Long World Series Footage

The Pittsburgh Pirates just wrapped up their 18th consecutive losing season. So for long-suffering Bucco fans like me, it’s sometimes hard to remember that the team from the Steel City wasn’t always the basement-dwelling punching bag they are today. Thankfully, connecting with the glorious past of the Pirates just got a little easier. This year, [...]

From the Archives: Carl Pavano’s Yankee Legacy

Minnesota Twins’ starter Carl Pavano has shut down the Yankees through four innings tonight. Pavano was on the Yankee payroll from 2005-08, but the team probably won’t be retiring his number. Last year, Ethan Trex included the pitcher in his list of people who earned very big paychecks for very little work. Here’s a look [...]