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Barry and the Babe, by Thomas Sowell, 16 Oct 2001
"Barry Bonds is the first batter in the entire history of the National League -- going back into the 19th century -- to have a slugging average over .800. ... Just as batting averages count hits in proportion to your times at bat, slugging averages count your total bases in proportion to your times at bat."
Congress Strong-Arming Baseball? That's Foul, by Nick Gillespie, Matt Welch, The Washington Post, 20 Jan 2008
Discusses the latest congressional hearings on steroids
"First, Major League Baseball, along with other sports leagues and private-sector ventures, simply should not be required to submit their business plans -- much less blood and urine samples -- to Congress or any other government body. (The flip-side of this, of course, is that MLB and other sports leagues should not be allowed to extract extortionate contracts for stadiums and services from all-too-pliant state and local governments.)"
Do New Major League Ballparks Pay for Themselves?, by Lawrence Hadley, Marc Poitras, 2004
Joe DiMaggio -- icon of an era, by Thomas Sowell, 10 Mar 1999
"... Ted Williams had a higher batting average and Jimmie Foxx and Hank Greenberg hit more homers. But no one put it all together ... like the man they called Joltin' Joe and the Yankee Clipper. From his first season in baseball ... people marvelled at his combination of great hitting, brilliant fielding, powerful throwing arm and swift, heady base-running."
McGwire, Maris and the Babe, by Thomas Sowell, 21 Oct 1998
"Ruth is the only man to have led the league in all four major categories ... -- highest winning percentage and lowest earned run average as a pitcher and highest batting average and most home runs as a hitter. ... The Babe was the only man to have slugged over .800 -- and he did two seasons in a row. He is still the greatest."
Pete vs. Joe, by Thomas Sowell, 17 Mar 2003
"Shoeless Joe had a lifetime batting average more than 50 points higher than that of Pete Rose -- and 12 points higher than that of Ted Williams. Where Williams' highest batting average was .406, Shoeless Joe Jackson hit .408. ... Jackson himself could not be accused of throwing the games. He batted .375 in the Series ..."