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The First All-Star Game: Babe Ruth Prevails

Mon., Feb. 27, 2017, 5:00 p.m. ET

In part 4, Dickson describes the action in MLB's first All-Star Game, played in Chicago's Comiskey Park.

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Ken Burkhart: The One-Call Legacy and Instant Replay

Fri., March 3, 2017, 5:00 p.m. ET

As Schechter outlines in part 6 of his series, pitcher turned umpire Ken Burkhart is best known or a play at the plate in Game 1 of the 1970 World Series that sparked lively dis

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A Modest Proposal

Mon., Mar. 6, 2017, 5:00 p.m. ET

As Paul Dickson describes in part 5 of his series on the history of MLB All-Star Games, while Cubs President William Veeck Sr.

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The Great Al Simmons: Remembering the Philadelphia Athletics Star

Wed., Mar. 8, 2017, 9:00 p.m. ET

The surly Al Simmons, a favorite of the great Connie Mack, had a stellar career as a player and coach in Major League Baseball, but today he is often overlooked.

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Carved in Stone? Revisiting the 1949 AL Batting Race

Wed., Mar. 15, 2017, 6:00 p.m. ET.

In 1949, George Kell won the American League batting race with a batting average of .34291, edging out Ted Williams (.34276) by a very, very narrow margin—.00015.

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