Jeff Polman: On SABR, Strikers and Deep Research
Huffington Post Sports - over 3 years
Ryan "Hurleigh" Burley, a few dollops of mustache sweat gleaming beneath his floppy, 1860s Philadelphia Athletic cap, paused before arcing his next underhand pitch to the formidable Harrisburg Keystone striker. The soft, hard-shell sized vintage baseball made a loud WHUMP sound and soared into the blustery Philadelphia sky. Two hairy-faced Athletic outfielders converged, gloveless, produced some momentary confusion, and the ball plopped in the grass between them. "Gotta talk, gentlemen!" yelled full-bearded Captain Mouth in left field, but the Athletic nine never collapsed, staged another rally of line stingers and stolen sacks, and defeated the Keystones in the first game of their Saturday doubleheader.
Three blocks south of Marconi Plaza Park, up in the modern world, the Phillies were about to host the Braves in front of over 41,000 people. The two dozen or so local folks who showed up to watch Mid-Atlantic Vintage Base Ball league action may not have been able to bu
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