Members of the grounds crew spray the field before the Opening Day game between the Washington Nationals and the Miami Marlins.
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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.
Did the Chicago Cubs break the curse of the Billy Goat to win the 2016 World Series in baseball?
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Many sports enthusiasts are notoriously superstitious. Why is that so?
The Washington Redskins have been a flashpoint for the controversy surrounding Native American mascots.
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If your city has a team with a Native American mascot, you're more likely to hold stereotypical views of Native people.
Graham McNamee called the 1928 World Series between the New York Yankees and St. Louis Cardinals.
Radio legend Graham McNamee was baseball's first broadcast star. So why did it take 74 years for the National Baseball Hall of Fame to honor him?
Branch Rickey and Jackie Robinson.
Brooklyn Dodgers President Branch Rickey liked to take credit for breaking the color barrier. In truth, it was the culmination of a long campaign waged by the left wing press and labor unions.
Media predictions aren’t usually great, but those from 2015 were historically bad.
As the talking heads line up to predict this season's division winners, many are hoping fans will forget their abysmal forecasts for the 2015 season.
Like any other player, Robinson needed to earn his spot on the Montreal Royals’ roster.
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Much has been written about Robinson’s first major league game. Far less is known about the first integrated spring training game in Florida.
Penn State’s Nittany Lions became simply ‘USA’ during its games against Havana’s famed Industriales and other teams.
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The US risks being left out of Cuba's transformation if it doesn't act quickly.
Failed singer Graham McNamee was baseball’s first celebrity broadcaster.
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The first World Series radio broadcasts were a far cry from today's pricey television productions.
Toronto Blue Jays outfielder Jose Bautista flips his bat after hitting the go-ahead three-run home run in Game 5 of the ALDS.
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Why do white players seem so intent on preserving an unspoken set of rules?
Completed in 2009, Citi Field is the home of the New York Mets – and part of a recent wave of new ballparks.
TV ratings are down, but the rebirth of the ballpark could be a reason that the sport still boasts the highest total attendance of any in the world.
College athletes need to pay attention to their academic life.
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As the NFL Draft starts in Chicago, it is important to remember that most college athletes need to pay attention to their academic life: only about 4% will go on to play professionally.