Let's Talk Pine Tar

Recently at Kauffman Stadium the Kansas City Royals hosted “Pine Tar Night” as a promotion for one of their games. It’s safe to say that at least half the stadium probably wasn’t even alive for the Pine Tar Home Run or at least weren’t old enough to remember it when it happened. Occurring against the […]

A Day at the Ballpark

As a sports fan growing up in Kansas, I went to plenty of Kansas City Royals games as a kid. I’m just old enough to remember Royals greats like George Brett, Bret Saberhagen, Frank White, and so on. (I don’t remember Amos Otis or Freddie Patek, sorry.) I remember actually expecting the Royals to contend […]

A Baseball Revolution With Kansas Roots

Bill James was a leader in rethinking the way Major League Baseball teams are put together. The new movie Moneyball is based upon the Michael Lewis book that looks at the way Billy Beane reshaped the small-market Oakland A’s using principles established by Bill James in order to compete with the wealthiest teams in the majors. The library is a great place to learn more about Bill James and his important work in reimagining the sport.