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The White Sox 2005 World Series victory recreated in RBI Baseball.

The White Sox 2005 World Series victory recreated in RBI Baseball.

The Carry of a Fly Ball

There was much discussion in the early weeks of the 2009 MLB season about the large number of home runs hit in the new Yankee Stadium, leading to speculation that many of the home runs were aided by strong wind currents. Or, in the lingo of baseball, the ball was "carrying well" in Yankee Stadium. All this discussion stimulated me to ask the question, "Just what is meant by 'carrying well'?" Of course, we all have an intuitive notion of what this means. We observe a fly ball coming off the bat and have an expectation of how far the ball will travel. If the ball traveled farther than this expectation, we say that the ball carried well. And of course, vice versa. But can we come up with a more precise, less intuitive measure of "carry"? It is precisely this issue that led to the analysis presented in this report.

Richard to start Cactus League opener, renew search for first base

When the White Sox begin spring play Wednesday in Tempe against the Angels, southpaw Clayton Richard will get the call as the team's first Cactus League starter. The Sox are giving Richard the nod in hopes that he'll use the extra spring start to find the ever elusive first base...

Auction: 1959 White Sox team-signed baseball.

An OAL (Harridge) baseball, signed by the entire pennant-winning 1959 Chicago White Sox team. This is one of only two teams (the other being the '54 Indians, also managed by Al Lopez) to interrupt the Yankees string of pennants from 1949 to 1964. This team contained five future HOFers, manager Lopez, shortstop Luis Aparicio, second baseman Nellie Fox, pitcher Early Wynn, and, briefly, Larry Doby. All of the above have signed except Doby (Fox signed as 'Nelson'); other signers include: Norm Cash, Ted Kluszewski, Sherm Lollar, Bubba Phillips, Ken McBride, Sam Esposito, Billy Pierce, Earl Torgeson, Barry Latman, Rudy Arias, Johnny Romano, Earl Battey, Jim McAnny, Jerry Staley, Bill Goodman, Bob Shaw, Al Smith, Turk Lown, Ray Moore, and coaches Ray Barnes, Tony Cuccinello, John Looney and Don Gutteridge. Lopez and Looney share the sweet-spot. Aparicio has signed over Harridge's stamp (very light). For some reason, Minnie Minoso (who was actually not with the '59 team but re-joined them in 1960) has signed this baseball THREE times. Some signatures in different pen (notably Wynn and Lown), indicating a later signature; most autographs in black ballpoint. Signatures rate about a five or six. (2008 PSA/DNA COA)

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