• Is This The Internet? No, It’s Baseball Digest Heaven.

    Posted by on November 21st, 2009 · Comments (5)

    So, I’m watching a little T.V. this morning before we headed out for the day, and, I saw a commercial for the ISO 7X. Immediately, I start to freak because I know it’s just a Bullworker – like the one I had back in 1976.

    And, that got me playing around on the internet today – looking at old Bullworker ads. Doing this, I came across a serendipitous find: Google has many, many, old editions of Baseball Digest available on-line to read. These go back to the 1950′s and range up to 2007.

    From the mid-1970′s through the 1980′s, I was a Baseball Digest subscriber. Therefore, this detour brought back a lot of memories for me. Granted, now, looking back, the reporting in Baseball Digest was somewhat simplistic. But, it’s a fun look-back, nonetheless. If you’re like me, and you read these as a kid, you should check it out and have some fun too.

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    Comments on Is This The Internet? No, It’s Baseball Digest Heaven.

    1. November 21st, 2009 | 5:50 pm

      If you like that check out Baseball Digest’s website at http://www.baseballdigest.com. It is run by Gotham Sports Media the people that run Gotham Baseball Magazine.

    2. 77yankees
      November 21st, 2009 | 9:30 pm

      Big thanks, Steve. Before the days of fantasy baseball, MLB Network, the internet, and yes, blogs, if you wanted to be an informed and knowledgable baseball fan, The Sporting News, Baseball Digest & Strat-O-Matic were musts.

    3. Joseph M
      November 21st, 2009 | 11:55 pm

      I use to read Baseball Digest although I never subscribed to it. The thing I found fascinating about the cover was the bar code. I didn’t think bar coding went back that far.

      I remember subscribing to the Sporting News in the mid 70′s, now that was a deal. A full year subscription was $17.50 in 1974. $17.50! But that’s not all, you’d get a free book, in 74 I remember getting the Baseball Register, a 5 dollar value. In an era before stats this book was loaded with them. One year I got $8 dollars worth of books (Baseball, Book of Records, Knotty Problems Of Baseball, and the Baseball Annual). In those days the Sporting News was still the “baseball bible” so the paper alone was worth more than the subscription price let alone all the extras.

      Great memories.

    4. Tresh Fan
      November 22nd, 2009 | 12:58 am

      Baseball Digest? Hell yeah! Well back in high school I wanted to move to Evanston, Illinois and take over George Vass’s job when he retired. That didn’t happen for me, obviously. But hey, the BD turned down an articled by Bill James in the 70′s (that turned out to be eerily prophetic, btw), so who am I?

      Oh, and I still have a subscription today. (Haven’t flunked a “quick quiz” yet ;))

    5. November 22nd, 2009 | 7:50 am

      @ Joseph M:
      I was a TSN guy too back in the day. 1970′s, 1980′s and a good part of the 1990′s – until Baseball America and USA Today Baseball Weekly phased them out for me.

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