In the News: St. Louis Cardinals Win the World Series!

On October 27, 2011, in front of a crowd of 47,325 at Busch Stadium, the wild-card St. Louis Cardinals pulled off a dramatic comeback over the Texas Rangers in 11 innings of play during Game 6 of the World Series in order to force a deciding Game 7. The Cardinals fight back from a series deficit came to a surprising conclusion as they beat the Texas Rangers 6-2 in Game 7 in order to win their 11th World Series title, second only behind the New York Yankees with 27 World Series titles. Learn all about the history of America’s greatest pastime, including stats, fun facts, and the science of baseball.

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Baseball Almanac (find it on ipl2: IPL — Entertainment and Leisure — Sports — Baseball and Softball)

http://www.baseball-almanac.com/

This easy-to-use site offers baseball history, awards, records, feats, humor, lists, quotations, statistics, poetry, songs, U.S. presidential baseball trivia, rules, scoring, recommended reading, and a “year in review” section starting from 1901 for the American League and from 1876 for the National League. All features are searchable, including the quotations and “Fast Facts” found on every page. This site is a veritable field of dreams for baseball fans and reference librarians alike!

Baseball-Reference (find it on ipl2: IPL — Entertainment and Leisure — Sports — Baseball and Softball)

http://www.baseball-reference.com/

Here you can find baseball statistics browsable by player, teams, leagues, leaders, awards, postseason, and managers. Glossaries include a key to abbreviations and terms used on the site. A couple of fun features are Birthdays , where you can select a date and see all the players born on that date; and the Baseball Travel Guide , where you can enter a city or zip code and receive information on nearby baseball attractions. This site also contains a list of baseball statistics books, and related links.

Today in Baseball History (find it on ipl2: IPL — Entertainment and Leisure — Sports — Baseball and Softball)

http://www.todayinbaseballhistory.com/

Find historic baseball events, baseball birthdays and baseball deaths for a selected date.

The Baseball Index (find it on ipl2: IPL — Entertainment and Leisure — Sports — Baseball and Softball)

http://www.baseballindex.org/

An index of citations to over 200,000 baseball “books, magazine articles, programs, pamphlets, films, recordings, songs, poems, cartoons, advertising, or anything else that may be of interest to the baseball fan or researcher,” from the Society for American Baseball Research. The site offers tips for locating the actual materials and is searchable and browsable by name or topic.

Baseball Hall of Fame (find it on ipl2: IPL — Entertainment and Leisure — Sports — Baseball and Softball)

http://baseballhall.org/

Cooperstown, New York, site dedicated to “collecting, through donation, baseball artifacts, works of art, literature, photographs, memorabilia and related materials which focus on the history of the game over time, its players, and those elected to the Hall of Fame.” Visitor information, historical data, online exhibits, and educational resources are featured.

Dressed to the Nines: A History of the Baseball Uniform (find it on ipl2: IPL — Entertainment and Leisure — Sports — Baseball and Softball)

http://exhibits.baseballhalloffame.org/dressed_to_the_nines/index.htm

The National Baseball Hall of Fame presents an exhibit on the history of baseball uniforms. Look at a timeline of major changes in baseball uniforms or search the Uniform Database for pictures of the uniforms. Includes fun activities about baseball uniforms.

The Science of Baseball (find it on ipl2: IPL — Entertainment and Leisure — Sports — Baseball and Softball)

http://www.exploratorium.edu/baseball/

What would Babe Ruth’s batting average be if he played in today’s league? Or in the 1800s? When were the “Bloomer Girls” formed? Who was known as the “Queen of Baseball”? How do pitchers throw fast balls? How do the weight and speed of the bat affect hitting? What is Sabermetrics? Where can I find out more about the Negro Leagues? Get all this and more on this excellent baseball site.

Baseball Heckle Depot (find it on ipl2: IPL — Entertainment and Leisure — Sports — Baseball and Softball)

http://www.heckledepot.com/

For those of you baseball lovers wanting some great one-liners, wisecracks, and putdowns, over 650 “heckles” are available here. Use the subject index to find comments to umpires, pitchers, fielders, and batters. You can also find ballplayer comebacks, trivia, and chants. Vote for the heckle of the month, print out the visiting team’s roster, and prepare to chant your favorite insult.

Thanks for supporting ipl2. We hope you find these resources about baseball informative.

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