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Let Us Now Praise the Triple

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The Georgia Bulldogs did few things well in the 2010 baseball season, but, as the College World Series gets underway, Dawg Sports takes a moment to praise the Diamond Dogs' propensity for hitting...

You all know that the tradition of the President throwing out the first ball to open the baseball...

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You all know that the tradition of the President throwing out the first ball to open the baseball season dates to April 14, 1910, when William Howard Taft threw out the first ball for the Senators. A little known fact about that game, however, is that his Vice President and his Secretary of State, Charles Bennett, attended the game with him. [Home Run] Baker ripped a line drive into the President's box, hitting Secretary Bennett in the head. He was not seriously hurt, but everybody was sure shook up for a minute or two."

--Bill James, The New Bill James Historical Baseball Abstract, 540. James ranks Baker as the 5th greatest third baseman of all time. [What this is.]
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