Statistics ruined baseball by perfecting it

The game is becoming less exciting for fans. Daniel Padavona/shutterstock.com Since sportswriter Henry Chadwick popularized the box score in the 19th century, baseball fans have had a love affair with statistics. Many can recite records…

The promise and peril of the Dominican baseball pipeline

Boys practice baseball at a park in San Antonio de Guerra, a small municipality in the Dominican Republic. Reuters/Ricardo Rojas Latinos will comprise about 30 percent of Major League Baseball rosters on Opening Day, in…

The bias hiding in your library

Library subjects and call numbers can be the subject of controversy. jakkaje808/shutterstock.com For many years, the Library of Congress categorized many of its books under a controversial subject heading: “Illegal aliens.” But then, on March…

The truth about St. Patrick’s Day

A man dressed as Saint Patrick blesses the crowd in Dublin as the parade makes its way through the Irish capital in 1998. AP Photo/John Cogill In 1997, my students and I traveled to Croagh…