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Tuesday, September 12, 2006

BaseballRace.com - Beta Version

Christopher Falvey’s site enables you to watch any pennant race since 1901 as an animated… well, race. Includes this season which, surprisingly, I haven’t gotten around to watch. 1987 was fun, though.

Jorge Luis Bourjos (Walewander) Posted: September 12, 2006 at 11:30 AM | 22 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
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   1. Rowland Office Supplies Posted: September 12, 2006 at 12:22 PM (#2174369)
If he would make it play the William Tell Overture during the race animation, it'd be golden.
   2. John Lowenstein Apathy Club Posted: September 12, 2006 at 12:55 PM (#2174377)
1987 was fun, though

You SOB! I guess 2003 is interesting too, for a different reason.
   3. Hubie Brooks (Not Really) Posted: September 12, 2006 at 01:37 PM (#2174403)
1969 was cool too. Unless your a Cubs fan of course.
   4. Barry`s_Lazy_Boy Posted: September 12, 2006 at 01:54 PM (#2174415)
1993 NLW.
   5. Edmundo got dem ol' Kozma blues again mama Posted: September 12, 2006 at 01:57 PM (#2174421)
'56 NL and '64 NL. 3 teams within 2 games.
   6. King Kaufman Posted: September 12, 2006 at 02:06 PM (#2174425)
What do the asterisks next to the team names mean, and why do they keep turning green and red?

This is totally hypnotic. I could waste three hours on it.
   7. The Anthony Kennedy of BBTF (Scott) Posted: September 12, 2006 at 02:26 PM (#2174438)
daily win/loss king.
   8. ekogan Posted: September 12, 2006 at 02:31 PM (#2174443)
As far as I can tell, the name of a team is highlighted in green if it's in the lead and in red if it has been eliminated. The asterisk next to the name is highlighted in green if it won that day, red if it lost, and gray if it had a day off.

This is a really nice site, although the user interface would have been better if the view zoomed in on a range of win-loss records just big enough to contain all teams in the race instead of showing all the empty space for beginning or end of the entire season. Otherwise it's hard to appreciate that a 5 game lead late in the season is pretty insurmountable since it looks so small compared to 162 games.
   9. Dr. Vaux Posted: September 12, 2006 at 02:40 PM (#2174452)
How late is "late?"
   10. 185/456(GGC) Posted: September 12, 2006 at 02:42 PM (#2174456)
1977 AL East. One of the most underrated pennant races in my lifetime.
   11. Slinger Francisco Barrios (Dr. Memory) Posted: September 12, 2006 at 03:31 PM (#2174495)
Utterly awesome.
   12. King Kaufman Posted: September 12, 2006 at 03:45 PM (#2174514)
Thanks, Scott.

I love how the "elimination" line appears and that overtakes the stragglers, splattering them in place like bugs on a windshield!
   13. greenback needs a ride, not ammo Posted: September 12, 2006 at 03:50 PM (#2174524)
1987 was fun, though

You SOB! I guess 2003 is interesting too, for a different reason.


I believe the appropriate response is John Smoltz.
   14. Sean McNally Posted: September 12, 2006 at 03:50 PM (#2174525)
I particularly enjoyed the August 2006 portion of the AL East race.
   15. McCoy Posted: September 12, 2006 at 04:13 PM (#2174552)
I surprised no one has mentioned it, but check out 1914 amd 1908.
   16. Slinger Francisco Barrios (Dr. Memory) Posted: September 12, 2006 at 04:28 PM (#2174569)
If he would make it play the William Tell Overture during the race animation, it'd be golden.

SAUSAGES!!!!
   17. Repoz Posted: September 12, 2006 at 05:02 PM (#2174592)
On tommorow's date...1972 AL East

Bos-74-62
Det-74-64
Bal-74-65
NYY-74-65

The Yankees never got any closer...and soon after I remember Michael Burke fluffing up his handsome turtleneck sweater for the last time...as if to ward off the oncoming anti-Irish, anti-freedom, anti-fun, firestorm of Steininterlocker.
   18. Guapo Posted: September 12, 2006 at 05:25 PM (#2174619)
1995 AL West... watch the Angels pull way ahead and then grind to a halt.
   19. flack Posted: September 12, 2006 at 06:15 PM (#2174679)
'67 American League.
   20. Starring RMc as Bradley Scotchman Posted: September 12, 2006 at 10:09 PM (#2174856)
No 1915 Federal League?

Team W L WL% GB
Chicago 86 66 .566 --
St.Louis 87 67 .565 --
Pittsbgh 86 67 .562 0.5
   21. BDC Posted: September 12, 2006 at 10:18 PM (#2174866)
Quite cool, though I agree with ekogan that the scale dampens the drama somewhat.
   22. AndrewJ Posted: September 12, 2006 at 11:05 PM (#2174905)
If he would make it play the William Tell Overture during the race animation, it'd be golden.

The 1914 Boston Braves = Feitlebaum.

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