Escape from Cuba
Yasiel Puig’s journey to the Dodgers.
Yasiel Puig’s journey to the Dodgers.
A story of a playoff at-bat, a franchise, and a spectator couple.
"Coco has watched every home game with her husband from these seats since the ballpark opened in 2008 while listening to the game play by play on 106.7 FM. She has endured horrible seasons, but 2009 when her beloved team lost 108 games, and 2010 when they lost 93 more, are distant memories. Now she feels like a winner. This is the playoffs. After marriage, and kids, and grandkids, after retirement and their dream trip to Dubrovnik, this is what she has been hoping for. It is the last of her major life events. Something to retell at family dinners. Remember the World Series of 2012?"
Race and major league pitcher Chris Archer.
The Giants' miraculous 1951 comeback wasn't all that it seemed.
Previously: The Longform Guide to Cheaters.
The angry last days of Ty Cobb.
On the legendary journalist and the book he never finished.
What baseball writers did during the steroid era.
The story of Orlando “El Duque” Hernandez’s flight from Cuba.
The war between Major League Baseball and Alex Rodriguez, “fought with six-figure payoffs in the tanning salons and strip malls of South Florida.”
The beginning of Don DeLillo's Underworld, in memory of Andy Pafko.
"Pafko is out of paper range by now, jogging toward the clubhouse. But the paper keeps falling. If the early paper waves were slightly hostile and mocking, and the middle waves a form of fan commonality, then this last demonstration has a softness, a selfness. It is coming down from all points, laundry tickets, envelopes swiped from the office, there are crushed cigarette packs and sticky wrap from ice-cream sandwiches, pages from memo pads and pocket calendars, they are throwing faded dollar bills, snapshots torn to pieces, ruffled paper swaddles for cupcakes, they are tearing up letters they've been carrying around for years pressed into their wallets, the residue of love affairs and college friendships, it is happy garbage now, the fans' intimate wish to be connected to the event, unendably, in the form of pocket litter, personal waste, a thing that carries a shadow of identity -- rolls of toilet tissue unbolting lyrically in streamers."
Billy Dillon was about to sign a contract with the Detroit Tigers. Instead he was convicted–wrongly–of first-degree murder and spent the next 27 years in prison.
The last great brawling sports team in America—Reggie, Catfish, Goose, Gator, and the Boss—remember their fallen leader.
The fate of a star 16-year-old pitcher in Japan.
When Manny Ramirez played half a season for the E-DA Rhinos.
Nine innings with Mr. Baseball.
Montaous Walton couldn’t throw, catch or hit. But he wanted to be a ballplayer. And with the help of the internet, the media, and an ambitious young agent, that’s what he briefly became.
The story of Héctor Espino, the greatest hitter never to play in the majors.
A beloved girls’ basketball coach is accused of sexually molesting several of his players.
How pitching phenom Steve Carlton became a yoga-loving conspiracy theorist who calls a concrete bunker his home.
The brief life and complicated death of Tommy Lasorda’s gay son.
Former Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling needed funding for his ambitious video-game startup. Rhode Island politicians needed jobs and a vision for how to transform the state’s beleaguered economy. The story of a $75 million bet gone bust.
Why almost everything we think we know about the iconic photo from Robinson’s first game is wrong.
One year before his death, Mickey Mantle describes a life of drinking.
On the Israeli national baseball team.
An investigation into the Dr. Anthony Bosch and his “East Coast version of BALCO,” which allegedly supplied baseball stars Alex Rodriguez, Melky Cabrera and others with performance-enhancing drugs.