major-league-baseball

Was the Sportswriter Who Invented Baseball’s ‘Save’ Stat Really That Dumb?

This summer will be the 10th anniversary of Jerome Holtzman’s death. When I mention this to people who knew him — his colleagues, his coworkers, even his…

A Cultural History of Butt Slapping in Sports

Ah, Opening Day! Fresh-cut grass. Vendors hawking peanuts and beer. And grown men slapping each other on the ass. At first blush, it seems strange that…