The Rim On this Indoor Basketball Hoop Shrinks To Test Your Skills

Backyard Sports started as a series of video games where players could challenge kid-versions of pro athletes in less-than-professional venues. It disappeared for a while, but the brand has recently been reborn as a series of mobile games that now work alongside real-life sports equipment to reward players for the… » 2/05/15 8:18pm 2/05/15 8:18pm

​The Unlikely Story of How Baseball Card Design Shaped Modern Fandom

Yesterday a 91-year-old former executive at the baseball card company Topps passed away in Long Island. You might not know Sy Berger's name, but he was the person who turned baseball cards into a phenomenon—and, in some ways, defined baseball fandom. And he did it with design. » 12/15/14 1:38pm 12/15/14 1:38pm

Let's Talk About Whatever You Want Right Now

First, for your Friday afternoon enjoyment, here is a video of every Tim Allen grunt from Home Improvement at 25 percent speed. It's one hour long and I hear anyone who watches the entire thing gets a free chainsaw. » 10/03/14 3:42pm 10/03/14 3:42pm

The Hidden History of This Year's MLB Playoff Team Logos

In one of the first games of postseason baseball today—the real postseason, not the play-in games—a team with a logo that Hallmark Cards designed will take on a team that once played with a Disney-designed logo. It's the Royals against the Angels, and there's plenty more weird baseball logo history where that came… » 10/02/14 10:11am 10/02/14 10:11am

Prepare for the Postseason With a Cocktail From Baseball's Heyday

The start of this year's Major League Baseball playoff season is just a couple of weeks away. That means sweater weather, shattered dreams, and if you're lucky, some really exciting games. It's also a great time to read up on baseball history—ideally with a cocktail in hand. » 9/19/14 5:00pm 9/19/14 5:00pm

The Story of the Man Who Threw a No-Hitter on LSD

In 1970, Dock Ellis threw a no-hitter high as shit on LSD. In 2009, NoMasTV and artist James Blagden made an awesome short film about the Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher's hallucinogen-fueled triumph. » 9/05/14 8:00pm 9/05/14 8:00pm

In 1966, the Angels Landed in Anaheim's Futuristic Baseball Stadium

How could the Angels call any place but Los Angeles their home? After all, the club's name directly referred to the city, and there had been a team named the Los Angeles Angels since the first decade of the 20th Century, when the minor-league Los Angeles Looloos wisely opted for a more dignified nickname. So it's… » 9/05/14 4:24pm 9/05/14 4:24pm

These baseball trick shots using drifting cars are pretty nuts

If you mute the obnoxious soundtrack, this video of some guys doing some trick baseball shots in the desert is pretty cool. The one of the baseball going through the car in motion is the best. » 7/31/14 8:42pm 7/31/14 8:42pm

The Battered Bastards of Baseball Is the Best Netflix Original Yet

You're well within your rights to obsess over House of Cards, or Orange Is the New Black, or maybe even Lilyhammer if it's been a particularly rough month. But the best Netflix original isn't a TV series. It's a documentary. Specifically, it's The Battered Bastards of Baseball. » 7/27/14 8:00pm 7/27/14 8:00pm

Baseball team is so bad it had to install robots to cheer up human fans

The Hanwha Eagles—a South Korean baseball team famed for losing—now have robot fans to cheer them on. Absent supporters can use social media to deliver messages and show their faces on the robots' LEDs. This has to be the saddest, most depressing thing I've ever seen in any sport. » 7/25/14 10:17am 7/25/14 10:17am

Nike's New Baseball Glove Comes Already Broken In

Nike's new Vapor 360 fielding glove is specially designed to be used "straight out of the box," according to Nike. Forget stashing it under your mattress for weeks until the leather loosens up—this glove is broken in from day one. » 7/15/14 3:11pm 7/15/14 3:11pm

How Baseball Put the Drip Coffee Machine Into Your Home

The drip coffee machine is a household staple—and way better than the percolators that went before it. But did you know that you have baseball to thank for its presence in your home? » 7/08/14 7:40am 7/08/14 7:40am

These Redesigned MLB Stadium Logos Are Better Than the Real Thing

If your ballpark is underwritten by a corporation, you've probably noticed how hilariously tacked-on these sponsorships can feel. Let's face it: Dog food, orange juice, and insurance don't always mesh with baseball history. But these redesigned logos attempt to make the unholy union of ballparks and brands a little… » 5/28/14 9:00am 5/28/14 9:00am

Which MLB Teams Does Your Town Root For? NYT Interactive Has Answers

Last month, when we showed you the most accurate map of MLB fandom, it was the most accurate in that it was based on the most accurate data. In the time since, the New York Times has gotten its hands on that data and made this interactive, which is awesome. » 4/24/14 10:10am 4/24/14 10:10am

Sorry, Chicago—Los Angeles Was Home to the First Wrigley Field

Awesome timelapse of Lego Fenway Park built with 28,000 bricks

This massive, 12 sq. ft. Lego replica of Fenway Park, home of the Boston Red Sox, weighs 68 lbs, took 450 hours of design and building time and around 28,000 bricks. All captured in one awesome timelapse. The build went down at the LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Boston, where it will be on display May 23rd. » 4/05/14 10:23pm 4/05/14 10:23pm

Stylish Sunglasses Made From Salvaged Shattered Louisville Sluggers

Nothing makes a fashion accessory more interesting than a backstory, and Shwood's new limited edition line of sunglasses have a fascinating pedigree. They're all made from ash wood salvaged from actual Louisville Slugger baseball bats shattered during games played around the world. » 4/03/14 5:20pm 4/03/14 5:20pm

How Baseball's First Major League Night Game Got Its Lights

As you settle down to watch the Opening Day night games tonight, you probably won't be thinking about the massive array of lights that illuminate the game. But that blinding artificial sunlight was once a technological phenomenon that stunned fans and had the police threatening to shut it down. » 3/31/14 7:34pm 3/31/14 7:34pm

MLB Announces Revolutionary New Fielding-Tracking System

Even in their recent state of repair, defensive metrics have always had a certain reverse-engineered, SABR-in-retrograde quality to them, even in a statistically mature sport like baseball. MLB Advanced Media just announced a new system that would slam the door shut on that era. » 3/01/14 2:55pm 3/01/14 2:55pm

The Hidden History of the MLB Playoff Team Logos

This afternoon, postseason baseball will commence as the Cardinals take the mound against the Pirates. But in a different time, it would have been the Brown Stockings versus the Alleghenys. Here's how they—and the other six playoff teams—got where they are today, as told by their ever-evolving logos. » 10/03/13 11:05am 10/03/13 11:05am