Got the shivers? It must be the middle of September, cruelest time of year—school is in session and just when the homework starts piling up, the Major League Baseball playoff race starts straining the mathematical capabilities (seriously, try and figure out what has to happen in order for the Philadelphia Phillies to nab a slot without counting on your fingers) of even the sharpest minds.
Might we suggest checking in with Charles ‘Old Hoss’ Radbourn (of the Boston Beaneaters, among other teams) while you’re listening to the game (we at Lapham’s Quarterly strongly endorse listening to baseball games on the radio) for a history lesson in between innings.
Well when Hoss Radbourn threw an average of 475 innings per season that helps explain some things. Oh, and in 1884 he was 59-12. And the man has one heckuva twitter account.