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April 17, 1992 | BOB SECTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Here's an early season flash from the halls of academia: Baseball superstars not only are grossly overpaid, but they don't behave like laboratory rats. Confirming scientifically what anyone who watched the Angels last season already knows, psychologists at Northern Illinois University say research on the performance of players proves that the more they make, the worse they seem to play.
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April 17, 1992 | BOB SECTER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Here's an early season flash from the halls of academia: Baseball superstars not only are grossly overpaid, but they don't behave like laboratory rats. Confirming scientifically what anyone who watched the Angels last season already knows, psychologists at Northern Illinois University say research on the performance of players proves that the more they make, the worse they seem to play.
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September 6, 2004
A look at pitchers who have hit home runs in the most consecutive seasons. The current pitcher with the longest home-run streak is Atlanta's Mike Hampton, who has one home run this season and has hit at least one since 2001: * Warren Spahn...17 consecutive seasons (1948-64) * Bob Lemon...12 consecutive seasons (1946-57) * Dizzy Trout...11 consecutive seasons (1942-52) * Gary Peters...Nine consecutive seasons (1963-71) * Red Ruffing...Nine consecutive seasons (1928-36) * Wes Ferrell...
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June 27, 1999
Top vote-getters wit overall ranking at each position in balloting for the 100 greatest players conducted by the Society for American Baseball Research: CATCHER Johnny Bench (19) Yogi Berra (26) Roy Campanella (47) FIRST BASE Lou Gehrig (2) Jimmie Fox (14) Hank Greenberg (35) SECOND BASE Rogers Hornsby (9) Jackie Robinson (36) Joe Morgan (37) THIRD BASE Mike Schmidt (16) George Brett (29) Eddie Mathews (31) SHORTSTOP Honus Wagner (10) Ernie Banks (27) Cal Ripken Jr.
BOOKS
August 11, 1985 | ROBERT HILBURN
MITTS by William Curran (Morrow: $15.95). Ninety-nine percent of baseball fans are concerned chiefly with hitting and pitching, but Curran--a baseball fanatic since the '30s--maintains the real beauty of the game is in fielding, hence the title of this somewhat slight (228 pages) but surprisingly affectionate and entertaining series of tales.
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June 18, 1987 | Associated Press
Seattle Mariner officials said Wednesday they believe their director of player development remains committed to promoting minorities within the team's front office, despite a racially suggestive comment he made. Mariner President Chuck Armstrong and General Manager Dick Balderson met Wednesday with Bill Haywood to discuss the remark Haywood made to a weekend meeting of the Northwest chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research.
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January 23, 2002 | John Klima
A consumer's guide to the best and worst of sports media and merchandise. Ground rules: If it can be read, played, heard, observed, worn, viewed, dialed or downloaded, it's in play here. What: 1960: The Last Pure Season Who: Kerry Keene Sports Publishing Inc. Price: $22.95 Bill Mazeroski's jubilant romp around the bases in Game 7 of the World Series inspired Massachusetts baseball historian Kerry Keene to reconstruct the 1960 season.
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August 31, 1985 | JIM McCURDIE
Richard Tourangeau never saw Arky Vaughan play baseball. At 38, Tourangeau was 5 years old when Vaughan drowned in a fishing accident in a Northern California lake. "I was familiar with the name, familiar with the fact that he was a ballplayer for Pittsburgh in the '30s with a high lifetime batting average," Tourangeau said. "I knew he was the first player to hit two home runs in an All-Star game. That was it."
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June 18, 1990 | Associated Press
The Pittsburgh Pirates are unhappy about changes in Hall of Famer Honus Wagner's batting statistics that dropped him from sixth to seventh on the career hit list and from 26th to 29th in all-time averages. Wagner, who played for the Pirates from 1900 to 1917, is listed in the eighth and latest edition of Macmillan's Baseball Encyclopedia with 12 fewer hits and a batting average .002 less than in previous editions. "What are they going to do, change his plaque in the Hall of Fame?"
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August 19, 2008 | Mike DiGiovanna, Times Staff Writer
ST. PETERSBURG, Fla. -- Rays Manager Joe Maddon, the former Angels bench coach, made history Sunday night when, with a four-run lead and the bases loaded in the bottom of the ninth inning, he intentionally walked Texas slugger Josh Hamilton to force in a run. According to the Society for American Baseball Research, it was only the fifth known time since 1900 that a player was intentionally walked with the bases loaded, the last being Barry Bonds...
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April 6, 1992 | RANDY HARVEY
"If asked where baseball stood amid such notions as country, family, love, honor, art and religion, we might say derisively, 'Just a game.' But, under oath, I'd abandon some of these Big Six before I'd give up baseball." From "Why Time Begins on Opening Day," by Thomas Boswell. Add opening day: Since writing that book in 1984, Boswell, a Washington Post sports columnist, has become recognized, along with Roger Angell and Roger Kahn, as one of baseball's poet laureates.
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