Effectively Wild Episode 1097: How the Big Mac Was Made


Ben Lindbergh and Jeff Sullivan banter about “Babe Ruth’s Legs,” then talk to researcher and statistician David Neft about how he rebuilt baseball’s historical record to create the Macmillan Baseball Encyclopedia, or “Big Mac,” which provided the most comprehensive and accurate account of the sport’s statistical past when it was published in 1969, and which made baseball’s sabermetric revolution possible.

Audio intro: A.C. Newman, "Encyclopedia of Classic Takedowns"
Audio interstitial: Village People, "Big Mac"
Audio outro: The Cure, "Accuracy"

Link to Rob Neyer’s article about the Big Mac

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