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A Queer Baseball Geek Programmed a Brilliant Donation System That Targets MLB Homophobia

Even though Jenn Rubenstein’s long-suffering Washington Nationals didn’t make the playoffs back in 2015, they still wanted someone to root for. And because they’d grown…

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…