We’re pretty sure you already know what a library is, so we’ll spare you that little detail. In the BallNine Library however, you’ll find stories of the obscure, absurd or – for lack of a better term – normal varieties. The best part is you can make all the noise you want in our library and we’re not going to throw you out. Hell, it’s actually encouraged.

  • The Story: Lowering the Bar, Lowering the Boom

    Lowering the bar never works.

    For any baseball fan, those three words are trouble. If your team does it that means expectations have dropped. That means trouble.

    When the entire sport of baseball does it that’s even worse. Trouble for the sport.

    That is where we are today in baseball, a much shorter season and a much longer postseason with 16 teams, all in pursuit of extra postseason dollars. Add Covid-19 to the mix and you have created one of the worst times in baseball history. Combine that with the current labor fight and more dark clouds on the horizon with another financial battle just around the corner. This is only a warmup.

    Who knows what is going to happen with the Covid-19 situation. There may not be a baseball season at all in 2020. There may not be an NFL season or an NBA season.

    Not watering down the product, though, is in MLB’s control and baseball continues to botch this attempted comeback on several fronts, alienating even more fans.

  • Spitballin': with Sean Gibson

    When Josh Gibson passed away in 1947 at the young age of 35, legendary sportswriter Wendell Smith of The Pittsburgh Courier wrote, “The Great Umpire has silenced the mighty bat of one of baseball’s greatest sluggers of all time.” Smith also wrote, “The king of sluggers is dead…long live the king!” Over seven decades later, the king’s legacy is still alive through the Josh Gibson Foundation, even if The Great Umpire has temporarily hit the pause button in the form of a Covid-19 shutdown. The Josh Gibson Foundation was founded by Gibson’s son, Josh Gibson, Jr., and the elder Gibson’s great-grandson Sean Gibson now serves as its Executive Director. Sean joins BallNine in this week’s edition of Spitballin’.

  • The Weird and Wacky History of June 18th

    There are moments and dates in baseball history that stand out among others. April 15 was when Jackie Robinson first bounded out of the Ebbets Field dugout to integrate the sport. April 8 was when Hank Aaron hammered home run number 715. July 12 was Disco Demolition Night. While those dates all have historical significance in a particular year, they don’t match up to the baseball mayhem that has happened throughout history on June 18.

  • Behind the Dish: The Varsity

    “The show must go on… The show must go on… Inside my heart is breakin….” -Queen, 1991

  • The Story: The Dog Days of Summer

    You miss baseball. We all do.

  • Spitballin': with Brad Komminsk

    On the morning of June 10, news started to circulate on social media that Claudell Washington, an omnipresent staple of 1980s baseball, had passed away after a quiet, but tough battle with prostate cancer at the age of 65. Hours later, Major League Baseball began their truncated 2020 first-year player draft among a cloud of uncertainty and labor animosity as players and owners negotiated to salvage some type of season this year.

  • Integration Before Integration: The Pittsburgh Courier

    The following is an excerpt from the book I’m for Robinson: The Story of African Americans in Major League Baseball Past, Present and Future, due out in April of 2021.