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May 25, 2015

How Hitting and Pitching Contribute to the Success of Division Winners, 1969-1989

Introduction A perennial question in baseball deals with the relative importance of hitting and pitching. Sometimes pitching is said to be “75%” of baseball. This study looks at the run scoring ability and run preventing ability of division winning teams from 1969-1989. In general, division winners are better than the average team at scoring runs and preventing runs, but their biggest advantage over the average team tends to come in scoring runs. In fact, the bigger advantage that the division winners have in run scoring may be statistically significant. That is, hitting is more important than pitching. Other studies In one study, James K. Skipper, Jr. surveyed the [...]

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May 24, 2015

The History of Major League Tie Games

In every baseball game, two teams try to win, and only one can succeed. Sometimes, however, both teams are frustrated. While tie games are a rarity now, they were once a fairly common occurrence in the big leagues. In this article, I will answer several questions about tie games and will attempt to show how many of the changes in baseball, both on and off the field, as well as changes in society, have led to the virtual elimination of ties.


I have recorded data on 831 of the approximately 1128 tie games in major league history. (For purposes of this article, only the National, American, and Players Leagues and the American Association are considered major [...]

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December 28, 2014

William Hill Casino Review

Having been founded in 1934, there is plenty to be said about the gambling operations of William Hill plc. They are one of the most recognized names in the UK betting scene and have earned an impressive track record over their 70+ years of land-based service and nearly 10 years of betting service online. The brunt of William Hill’s business lies in their bookmaking services. With over 450,000 telephone clientele spanning throughout Europe and internationally, they are recognized as the largest telephone betting service in the World. William Hill began taking online casino and sports bets in the early heydays of online gambling (1998), began trading on the London Stock Exchange on [...]

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December 17, 2014

Major League Baseball History Timeline


Baseball’s century-and-a-half history contains more than its fair share share of ups and downs; heroes and villains; titans and buffoons. A study of the game’s chronicle reveals that much of what we bewail about baseball today has transpired at least once before, and probably more than once. Long ball explosions? Labor discord? Incompetent management? Boorish superstars? Baseball’s been there, done that, and always confounded the critics to move on to yet another Golden Age.

In this section, David Q. Voigt, one of baseball’s premier historians, provides an in-depth look at the game and how we came from cow pastures to domed stadia, [...]

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