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Baseball Online is a handsome little magazine that takes obvious pleasure in balancing its major league coverage--Mark McGwire interviews Roger Maris--with features that deal with the humbler but often more passionate baseball arenas, such as the diary of a player in the Cape Cod League. Along with the general features, you'll get a detailed scouting report, a rundown of the top prospects, and information on the farm system, for every major league team, plus reports on college ball, and much more.
Bucketfoot Baseball Newsletter
You have to go back to the first issue to find out what Bucketfoot means. (It refers to the great, they tell us, Al "Bucketfoot" Simmons.) Two guys, neither one named Al, have created this cyber-newsletter, which combines a funny, jazzy prose style with a passionate interest in all things baseball. The Bucketfoot newsletter's strength is its historical features, which shine a light on interesting footnotes and trivia. Although it does turn its uniquely opinionated point of view on current events, issues only come out once every few months which results in considerable lag time.
Internet Baseball Hall of Fame
More democratic than Cooperstown, the online Hall of Fame allows fans to choose the inductees. And unlike the real-world HOF, it doesn't have hundreds of thousands of yearly visitors. After nine elections, the site has 38 players and nine non-players on its illustrious roster. Fans can nominate and vote for their heroes as well as vote against those proffered by others.
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"The idea behind the publication is to have a correspondent for each major league team who will contribute a monthly article, written from the fans' point of view." Published bimonthly during the off-season and monthly during the season, Online Drive carries fan-authored reports, articles, and opinion pieces on baseball and its teams, right to your email address. You too could become a contributor.
Sean Lahman's Baseball Archive
A sort of online baseball encyclopedia, the laboriously detailed spot relies mainly on static data files to list current and historical information on roster, slots, and transactions. Factually overwhelming, this is not so much a pretty playground as it is a haven for serious infoseekers. Those who love baseball numbers more than lore or war stories (or those writing term papers in statistics) should be right at home.
Sports Illustrated Online
Time Warner has created an image-rich sports extravaganza in its online version of Sports Illustrated. There are current SI features here, of course, but there's also a photo gallery from the current issue and a small archive of classic SI articles. For special occasions (like the World Series) SIsets up an extra features page, with real-time cybercasting, in-depth analysis, and an ocean of stats. If you're looking for a little historical perspective, recapture the Ali-Frazier fight of 1975, O.J. Simpson's memorable single-season rushing record, and Jimmy Connors' play at the height of his career. In true Sports Illustrated style the athletes dominate the site with a They-Said-It section for quotes from sports personalities and a discussion area dedicated to sports personalities.
Some people want the stats on the players, others want the stats on the stadiums. Professional photographs show off the sacred temples of sports action, highlighted by seating capacity, number of lights, and dates of construction. For the modern stadiums, you get links to seating charts and ticket info. The ruined temples of old arenas like Ebbets Field have a lot of trivia, detailed measurements, and historic postcard photos. Drawing-board designs of future venues make this the last word in stadium-site sites.
Baseball Across America
Classic baseball is more than just the big-name parks. Local and regional parks often have as much or more history and nostalgia within the confines of their bleachers as the likes of Wrigley Field. Superfan Kevin Marsh took a tour of 60 ballparks across the country, most of which, like Scranton, Pennsylvania's Lackawanna Stadium, are smallish. Large and clear pictures of each park in action are on display here.
Diamonds: The Evolution of the Ballpark
There's not much to do at this site except read about a book. Fortunately, the book, by Michael Gershman, sounds absolutely super. Diamonds--The Evolution of the Ballpark has been called "the best book on ballparks yet" and deals with all the classic parks including Ebbets Field, Comiskey Park, and more, including the new classics like Camden Yards. Read a brief blurb of the book, and find out where it's sold near you.
Big, beautiful, and official, this official guide to the pride of the Red Sox and the second oldest major league ballpark in the United States is full of hyped-up, ardorous prose geared to the "Fenway Faithful." Since April 20,1912, Fenway Park has been a "religious shrine," a "house of worship," and a home to names like Cy Young and Ted Williams. This site has an extremely detailed history, a photo tour, and a special guide to the Green Monster, the impossibly high left-field wall.
Welcome to 3Com Park
What kind of a name is Candlestick when 3Com will do? And, in the year 2000, it is plain that Candlestick/3Com Park by any other paying name will smell as sweet to the Giants. In one of the first major stadium sponsorship deals, the San Francisco ball franchise's home has been prostituted to a computer networking company to bear its name for four years. Is there an upside? Of course--since it's a computer company, the park now has a super Web site.
When is a stadium more than a stadium? When it's a neighborhood. Take Wrigleyville for example, the spirited vicinity of Wrigley Field in Chicago, home of the Cubs. The keeper of the Wrigleyville Web is a passionate fan of the team, the park, and the neighborhood, and as such recommends good places in Wrigleyville to watch the game, great hangouts, and the bed travel, hotel, and ticket suggestions. Of course, there are also the usual schedules, stats, and a baseball quiz. But the best part about this site is the chart of major league baseball stadiums ranked by age. Wrigley Field, natch, is third on the list, after Detroit and Boston's parks.
Go Yankees! But don't go away from Yankee Stadium, where Jimmy Hoffa (rest his soul) awaits your yearly fate. This Bronx landmark, renovated in the bicentennial year of 1976, has been in the same spot at 161st and River since 1923, when, on the park's opening day, Babe Ruth hit the first home run. This small selection of facts and photos is part of the Yanks' official site. Sadly, it doesn't really do the popular stadium justice (for which the Yanks get a Bronx cheer), but it's worth a visit.
In case the title didn't tip you off, this is pretty much the headquarters of the baseball chat scene. "We prefer to discuss baseball in an entertaining and mature fashion. People who come in and shout things like 'ANGELS SUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!' are not appreciated for they do not contribute anything of substance." For more helpful hints on netiquette and on the technical aspects of connecting to IRC, drop by the #baseball home page, which also features a weekly newsletter based on ongoing themes in the chat scene, as well as jocular features.
Baseball Compuserve: go: fans-->Messages-->Baseball
Fans passionate about baseball debate game moments, the direction of baseball, and the likelihood that their favorite players will become tomorrow's baseball legends. Or, perhaps Uke Dave, they come looking for movie suggestions--baseball movies that aren't just about baseball, but about life. So far, he only has Field of Dreams. Eddie suggests Fear Strikes Out. Rod tosses in It Happens Every Spring, Bang the Drum Slowly, The Natural, and Bull Durham. Lance mentions Angels in ths Outfield. In another topic, dozens of fans are speculating on the best all-time defensive team. And still in another topic, fans are trying to answer a trivia question: What were the three monuments in the Old Yankee Stadium? Answer: plaques to Mantle, DiMaggio, and Pope Paul VI.
Baseball Compuserve: go: siforum-->Messages-->Baseball
A moderately active area for discussing Major League Baseball. Statisticians almost never visit, and there's a huge contingency of fans interested in the business aspects of baseball. But like almost all baseball discussion groups cheering on the home team, speculating on its chances to win the Series (or at lead break.500 in the upcoming road trip), analyzing last night's game, and gossiping about players set the tone.
The subtitle for this "page full of analysis, essays and entertaining columns for serious BASEBALL fans" is "Everything Else Second", in case anybody should get the impression that this site will get them the latest news before anybody else. But although it's only updated every week or so, by one Josh Boyd, what this page will bring you is honest, concerned, informed commentary on goings-on in the weird world of the Major Leagues.
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Remember sputtering to your neighbor about the injustice of an ump's call or conferring with him about who should bat cleanup? Start cracking the peanuts--this is old-fashioned baseball talk (albeit using a computer and modem), and your neighbor from back home may already have found this bulletin board. He could be talking about anything: the strike, Major League ballparks, umpires, spring training performances, the best and worst players, Hall of Fame nominees, the Minors, baseball fantasy leagues and simulators, etc. If he's like most fans, though he's active in the discussion folder for his favorite team--"I have been a Cub fan all my life. One of the happiest days of my life would be when they win a pennant." Boy, does that sound familiar. Could it be?
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Tickets for sale, baseball leadership in question, painstakingly detailed game recaps, the agonies of arm chair managers, baseball players in the news, scores and stats, and trivia are all batted about in this active discussion list.
Whoever created this part of an all-sport chat arena had a great idea--scheduling chats at 4, 7, and 10 p.m. daily, and maintaining an email list for notification of "special event" chats--which often feature famous sports figures trading epithets. Two big problems: Guys who come to talk sports and end up talking girls--as they inevitably do when two or more converge--and the page-refresh method, which reloads and deposits you at the top of the page every time (scroll city), making smooth, continuous conversation impossible.
rec.sport.baseball Usenet: rec.sport.baseball
Who would you bat third: Julio Franco or Frank Thomas? As is the norm on this newsgroup, there isn't a simple answer. Greg tries to explain: "If I've got two roughly equivalent power hitters, one of which walks 100 times a season to the others 20, I would bat the guy with 100 walks third and the guy with 20 walks fourth. Of course, if they both walk 100 times, it really makes little difference." Uh, huh. But, Greg, what would your batting order look like? Jack knows what he would do--Thomas would bat third because he walks so much and then Franco could pick up the RBls. Whether anabzing line-ups, debating the merits of inter-league play, advocating or trashing players up for election to the Baseball Hall of Fame, or discussing last night's game, the newsgroup garners hundreds of messages every couple of days (even during a strike).
rec.sport.baseball.analysis Usenet: rec.sport.baseball.analysis
Just try and keep a true baseball fan from spewing statistics and interpreting them, over and over again, in ways that clearly demonstrate what a monumental--and entirely unacceptable--mistake the manager of your favorite team made by bringing in that left-handed relief picture last night. This is a moderated forum devoted entirely to the opinionated analysis of baseball statistics, strategies, and management decisions. Even during the strike the group stayed active. One fan analyzed the statistics of every baseball player who played in the 1994 season and estimated what their statistics would have been if they were all playing in the same place and time: a neutral park in the American League of 1992. Hundreds of interesting message threads from the group have been archived, from an analysis of why Jimmie Key didn't deserve the Cy Young award to the meaning of a pitchers win-loss record to a discussion about top-hitting catchers of all time to the annual choices of Netters fans for player elections to the Baseball Hall of Fame.