Mr. Mike's America: A Comic's Trek with SNL's First Head Writer

It was a time when people walked the nation's streets with orange-foam pads clamped to their ears and antennae bouncing above their heads. The newspapers of the day told of several thousand men and women who had allowed themselves to be paired off and married by the leader of a religious cult, while on television there … » 4/24/14 1:53pm Yesterday 1:53pm

Grantland’s Jonah Keri on His Beloved and Extinct Montreal Expos

What if I told you that there was a fun-loving, oft-forgotten baseball squad that wouldn't earn five minutes in a Ken Burns documentary because they always leaned more "Pee-wee's Playhouse" than PBS? A team that featured announcers calling knuckleballs balles papillon (the latter being the word for butterfly in French),… » 4/24/14 11:11am Yesterday 11:11am

Which MLB Teams Does Your Town Root For? NYT Interactive Has Answers

Last month, when we showed you the most accurate map of MLB fandom, it was the most accurate in that it was based on the most accurate data. In the time since, the New York Times has gotten its hands on that data and made this interactive, which is awesome. » 4/24/14 10:00am Yesterday 10:00am

Rare Photos Of Wrigley's Scoreboard Mark Its 100th Anniversary

[A view of the field from inside Wrigley Field's iconic scoreboard during a baseball game between Pittsburgh Pirates and Chicago Cubs. With Boston's Fenway Park and Wrigley the only two stadiums in the majors with primary manual scoreboards, it has been a job largely shrouded in mystery until the Cubs allowed The… » 4/23/14 2:08pm Wednesday 2:08pm

Swee'pea Daniels: "Too Beautiful To Be True"

Benjamin May, a filmmaker out of Minneapolis is directing a documentary on the legend of Lloyd "Swea'pea" Daniels. The trailer is above and, if you like, you can donate to the Kickstarter here. Also, if you missed it the first time we featured it, read Ivan Solotaroff's article below on Daniels and his former coach… » 4/19/14 12:44pm Saturday 12:44pm

Here Is A Chicken Playing Baseball

British Pathé, apparently seeking a permanent end to workplace productivity, recently uploaded an enormous amount of material, much of it previously unseen by the public, to Youtube. Among it is this clip of a chicken named Barnyard Casey playing baseball before a crowd of oddly well-dressed spectators. He's pretty… » 4/18/14 2:55pm 4/18/14 2:55pm

Longtime Friend of Kurt Vonnegut Explains Author's Timeless Appeal

Kurt Vonnegut's humor, honesty, and fresh ways of seeing things have always made him a favorite of young people. I remember back in the late sixties, before Slaughterhouse Five made him rich and famous, college students were carrying around dog-eared copies of Cat's Cradle, a novel in which he playfully invents a… » 4/18/14 11:04am 4/18/14 11:04am

"I Haven't Had Any Affairs Yet," Said The All-Star's Wife, "But ..."

When Pat Jordan went to do a story on Dodgers first baseman Steve Garvey and his wife, Cyndy, for Inside Sports in 1980, he never expected trouble. After the story appeared, the Garveys sued Jordan and the magazine, and though the suit was eventually settled—and though the Garveys would soon be divorced—Jordan for a… » 4/18/14 9:52am 4/18/14 9:52am

The Durant-LeBron Arms Race: Two Of The Best Seasons Of All Time

When we last took a look in February, LeBron James and Kevin Durant were both having monster seasons, with unprecedented combinations of offensive volume (usage percent) and efficiency (true shooting percent). There was still a lot of basektball left to play, but at the time we wrote that "if these stat lines hold, or… » 4/17/14 12:21pm 4/17/14 12:21pm

Why I Fixed Fights

I fixed a lot of fights over the years. In two I didn't fix but should have, people paid heavily for my carelessness. Even though I set up Mitch "Blood" Green and Leon Spinks cushion-soft in their comeback fights, I managed to get one embarrassed and the other nearly killed. There had been opportunities for them, deals… » 4/17/14 9:11am 4/17/14 9:11am