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A team photograph of the 1919 Chicago White Sox squad, many of whom would be implicated in throwing that year’s World Series. Heritage Auctions

How gambling built baseball – and then almost destroyed it

Up until the 1919 Black Sox Scandal, gambling and baseball had a marriage of convenience. A century later, gambling is again being seen as a solution to the sport's woes.
A pitcher tries to throw a ball past a batter. AP Images/Eric Gay

Curious Kids: How does a curveball curve?

In baseball, a pitcher can throw a ball that seems to curve away just as it crosses the plate. How do they do it? It's all about aerodynamics.
Some pitchers are convinced the balls are being messed with behind the scenes. Aspen Photo/Shutterstock.com

What’s really behind baseball’s home run surge?

Recent changes to the ball seem to be juicing hitters' stats. But could other factors, like the climate and advanced analytics, also be playing a role?
The game is becoming less exciting for fans. Daniel Padavona/shutterstock.com

Statistics ruined baseball by perfecting it

An obsession with statistics has made teams better than ever -- but the game is now more tedious for fans to watch.
Boys practice baseball at a park in San Antonio de Guerra, a small municipality in the Dominican Republic. Reuters/Ricardo Rojas

The promise and peril of the Dominican baseball pipeline

Some of the best players in the world come from this small Caribbean nation, where an entire system of training young talent has blossomed. But few actually make it to the big leagues.
Should baseball teams pay tax on the bobbleheads they give away? AP Photo/Michael Dwyer

Bobbleheads and other free swag star in baseball tax dispute

The Cincinnati Reds' struggles on the field in recent years have extended into the courtroom, where they are battling to avoid paying sales tax on promotional giveaways they use to sell tickets.
Members of the grounds crew spray the field before the Opening Day game between the Washington Nationals and the Miami Marlins. AP Photo/Alex Brandon

Baseball season begins: Five essential reads

The national pastime is more than just a sport. In this roundup, we feature stories about baseball's relationship to race, politics, the media and health.

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