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My first important baseball memory was Bill Mazerowski’s game-winning home run in the 1960 World Series. Since Baseball Wit and Wisdom: Folklore of a National Pastime was published in 1962, it should be clear that most of the stories and anecdotes occurred not only before my time but before I was even aware of baseball. But one of the great strengths of baseball is the fact that, as a statistics-friendly sport, one can always compare the statistics of the greats with the performances of the curr ...more