Baseball Law

Revisiting Ron Necciai and the 27-Strikeout No-Hitter: 67 Years Later

On May 13, 1952 Ron Necciai wrote himself into the record books by recording each of the 27 outs in a nine-inning game via the strikeout. At the time, Necciai was a 19-year-old hurler with the Bristol (Virginia) Twins, the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Class-D Appalachian League affiliate. Before this unforgettable appearance, “Rocket Ron” had already amassed... Continue Reading →

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Dick Arndt and the Saga of Henry Aaron’s Historic No. 755

On July 20, 1976, Dick Arndt got up in the morning and shuffled off to his job as a vocational rehabilitation counselor. Once his dayshift ended, Dick headed to his part-time gig as Brewers’ groundskeeper at Milwaukee County Stadium, where he was in charge of opening and closing the gate for the bullpen cart. This,... Continue Reading →

Don Newcombe vs. Coors Brewing Company

Don Newcombe began his professional baseball career as a teenager with the Newark Eagles of the Negro National League in 1944. As a rookie hurler with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1949, he quickly established himself as an ace—he was named an All-Star, started two games for the Dodgers in the World Series, and was eventually... Continue Reading →

MVPs with the Lowest WARs

Here are the 10 lowest bWARs ever to be awarded the National League MVP. As you can see, Willie "Pops" Stargell takes the prize here having slashed .281/.352/.552 in 1979 while hitting 32 home runs and knocking in 82, good enough for the 9th best WAR on the Pirates. He split the award with Keith... Continue Reading →

Nuts to Babe Ruth: A Retrospective

As a college freshman in 1991, my final paper of the term was to be a persuasive piece, advocating for one particular side.  The professor warned that she would be wary of any sports topics, however, looking to avoid turning the assignment into a "corner bar argument." Undeterred, I set out to prove that Ted... Continue Reading →

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