Coming Out of Left Field

Thursday, February 17, 2005

Baseball Oracle

Here's a nice time-waster for baseball fans, courtesy of Joubert on Easily Addictive

Baseball Oracle

It works like the Six Degrees movie game, but with baseball players instead of actors. For instance, I asked the Oracle to link up a certain fun-loving, former Red Sox outfielder with another certain fun-loving, current Red Sox outfielder, and got this chain:

Babe Ruth played with Bill Dickey for the 1929 New York Yankees
Bill Dickey played with Joe Gordon for the 1938 New York Yankees
Joe Gordon played with Minnie Minoso for the 1949 Cleveland Indians
Minnie Minoso played with Harold Baines for the 1980 Chicago White Sox
Harold Baines played with Manny Ramirez for the 1999 Cleveland Indians

One thing you realize, after you play with this for long enough, is that some of the players were in the game for two or three decades. For instance, I tried linking Ruth to another Red Sox outfielder who swung for the fences on a regular basis (with the help of certain illegal supplements):

Babe Ruth played with Danny MacFayden for the 1934 New York Yankees
Danny MacFayden played with Early Wynn for the 1941 Washington Senators
Early Wynn played with Tommy John for the 1963 Cleveland Indians
Tommy John played with Jose Canseco for the 1985 Oakland Athletics

Wynn played from '39 to '63, and John played from '63 to '89, which is longer than I've been alive. No wonder some old-timers say today's players don't measure up, with or without the steroids.

Btw, if you hadn't already guessed, pitchers and catchers report today, and I'm damn happy baseball is back. Play ball!

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