The Curveball Illusion Makes You Sure Your Computer is Pranking You

Look directly at the spinning disk and it will appear to fly straight. Look at the purple "fixation point" at the right, and the disk will keep sliding to the side. It is probably the eeriest thing you've seen today, and this paper will tell you why you haven't really seen it. » 8/25/14 7:20am 8/25/14 7:20am

O.C.P. Now Stands For 'Opening Crap Pitch'

RoboCop threw out the ceremonial first pitch in Detroit today, and it was only marginally better than his latest movie. His appearance was supposed to coincide with an unveiling of the long-dreamt-of statue everyone wants to see planted in old Detroit, but alas, that didn't really come off, either. » 6/04/14 12:28am 6/04/14 12:28am

Vader At The Bat

Japan pro-baseball's Pacific League produced commercials commemorating a Star Wars Day match-up between the Eagles and Hawks. Though the outlook wasn't brilliant for the Imperial nine that day, the Dark Lord of the Sith came through with a home run — albeit with disastrous results. » 5/16/14 10:30am 5/16/14 10:30am

AAAAAAH! Dinosaur Throws Opening Pitch At Baseball Game

Stop what you are doing immediately and watch this!!! Dinosaurs are real and they are playing baseball. This Raptor threw the opening pitch at the Padres game. GAME OVER, ALL OTHER TEAMS. » 5/08/14 3:58pm 5/08/14 3:58pm

Behold the absolute mind-bogglery of a knuckleball in flight

MLB pitcher R.A. Dickey* slings an erratic knuckleball pitch, posing a challenge for batter and catcher alike. The ball has been colorized to highlight its almost total lack of spin, which usually serves to stabilize the ball's trajectory. » 1/04/14 1:00pm 1/04/14 1:00pm

The time the Hulk battled baseball, capitalism and a giant rooster

In this golden age of comic-based entertainment, it can be easy to look back at shows like 1978-82’s Incredible Hulk TV series and feel that it somehow paved the way for today’s hit superhero shows and movies. Easy… but wrong, at least if you’re looking back at The Incredible Hulk episode “The Phenom.” » 5/31/13 8:00am 5/31/13 8:00am

A "baseball-playing" robot with a 100,000-neuron "brain"

We know. That's a lot of quotation marks. Also the robot's baseball bat looks a bit like an oversized fly swatter. Whatever – this thing is still impressive. » 4/29/13 6:40am 4/29/13 6:40am

A friendly reminder that you are mostly nothing

Theoretical physicist Brian Greene – author of The Elegant Universe and co-founder of the World Science Festival – takes a moment out of his undoubtedly busy schedule to remind us how little we amount to once you subtract the space between some of our ittiest bits and pieces. » 4/09/13 12:53pm 4/09/13 12:53pm

Does urinating on your hands eliminate callouses?

Athletes often insert a number of superstitious rituals into their everyday routine. One of the more bizarre rituals came to light in the past decade thanks to former Major League Baseball Moises Alou, who admitted to urinating on his hands to toughen his skin and eliminate calluses. While Alou is retired, the ritual… » 11/23/12 9:00am 11/23/12 9:00am

Remember when baseball players attacked the Sphinx in 1889?

Ah, the good old days when entire baseball squads would descend upon ancient monuments and try to bean them into rubble. Such a scene unfolded in 1889, when former ballplayer Albert Spalding led the Chicago White Stockings and All-Americas exhibition team around the globe to promote the sport. » 8/16/12 10:40am 8/16/12 10:40am

The awesomely weird art of 1800s baseball photography

In the late 1800s, baseball players didn't have the luxury of high-tech cameras to capture their in-game bravado. Instead, players would sometimes pose with imperceptibly hung baseballs in portrait studios. » 5/31/12 2:25pm 5/31/12 2:25pm

You'll want to throw money at this deranged graphic novel about…

When comic author Mark Andrew Smith (The Amazing Joy Buzzards) and artist James Stokoe (Orc Stain) completed their "minor league baseball team versus unspeakable cosmic horrors" graphic novel Sullivan's Sluggers, something downright criminal happened — barely any comic stores ordered the book. » 5/17/12 9:40am 5/17/12 9:40am

This is how you play baseball in space

Life on the International Space Station has its ups and downs (well, technically its ups and ups or downs and downs). Thanksgiving dinner comes in bags, but the views are undeniably ravishing. Another added perk of microgravity? You can play baseball by yourself. Allow ISS astronaut Satoshi Furukawa to demonstrate. » 12/03/11 9:45am 12/03/11 9:45am

Why a Curveball Curves

I was recently told that there is a game called 'baseball' being played in this season of the year. Intrigued, I looked into this game of "bases" and "balls," only to discover a physics mystery. » 7/25/11 7:00am 7/25/11 7:00am

Physics exonerates baseball players' corked bats

After many carefully controlled collisions and hours of video of bats striking balls, a group of physicists at Washington State University came to the conclusion that the relationship between a baseball and a bat was inelastic. » 7/09/11 12:20pm 7/09/11 12:20pm