October 2010 Archives

Summarizing my latest sports piece, and first peer-reviewed publication on baseball. Get it for free here.

Even after nearly a century and a half of major league play, baseball still has no shortage of great questions and puzzles, one of them being the phenomenon of the streak. Just how remarkable was Joe DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak, and Ted Williams's less celebrated 84 consecutive games reaching base? If we could rerun the past 139 seasons of baseball, how likely would we be to see a streak of that length (or longer) again? And how can we trust that the answer we get back is in any way a reliable one, without the use of a time machine?