Effectively Wild Episode 1183: Extra, Extra, Read Ball About It


In a bonus, non-team-preview episode, Ben Lindbergh talks to FiveThirtyEight’s Rob Arthur about his new research into the changing construction of the baseball and its possible effect on the rising home-run rate. Then Ben talks to trailblazing baseball researcher Tom Shieber, the senior curator at the Hall of Fame and a recent recipient of SABR’s Henry Chadwick Award, about his origins as a researcher, his pictorial deep dives into baseball’s past, and the Hall of Fame’s artifact archive.

Audio intro: John Lennon, "Crippled Inside"
Audio interstitial: Sloan, "What’s Inside"
Audio outro: Buzzcocks, "Hollow Inside"

Link to Rob Arthur’s article about the baseball
Link to 2018 Henry Chadwick Award announcement
Link to Tom Shieber’s Baseball Researcher blog
Link to Ben’s article about baseball in Elementary
Link to Larry Granillo’s article about baseball in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

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Ben, I always look forward to your musical interludes and am pleased that you managed to get a (solo) Beatle and Sloan into the same podcast episode. Great work as usual.