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Anonymous comments submitted with responses to our monthly
Survey which allows readers to rate the stories of the past month.
Very tough call.[four of the nine stories] could have been the best, I think. It's like … 4 homers and 5 doubles — everything either hit the outfield wall or went over it. My job would be easier if you hit a homer and the rest were bloop singles and dribblers. But you do make for great reading.
Your marriage of research and readableness is unparalleled. I love getting these.
Rare findings, can’t read this stuff anywhere else! Thank you
Every article = great stuff. Thank you for consistently fine writing.
[After picking favorite] I’m still waiting, however, for the first story I don’t like.
Lots of historical information in many of these articles that I really didn’t know.
New twist on an old story. [You] made an interesting case.
Always coming up with something I cannot read anywhere else. I really do salute your research abilities.
Tough choice. This is all first-rate research and delicious, readable writing.
Good analysis of one of the game's more enduring "myths".
"Alexander's 1926 season" is another example of your excellent research and ability to tell an in-depth story about what most writers would see as a single, unique event [Lazzeri K] in baseball history.
Both two-parters were wonderful: great research, statistics to establish an individual's baseball accomplishments, and emotional content to describe an exceptional man. After reading your stories, I wanted to meet these men and discuss both baseball and how they approached life. I wanted to vote for both Sam Rice stories as the best. Being unable to do so, I chose story #2: I got to know the man there.
It gave great information that I did not already know.
Just a really interesting and fun story with a lot of new insights.
Excellent analysis, and for someone who thinks he is quite knowledgeable about baseball, past and present, there was new and compelling information.
Well-researched and written (as always).
The Tinker-Evers-Chance stories are a historic "4 bagger" that makes them come alive with a more accurate description of their HOF talent than anywhere else. This month had nine 5 star stories (Should readers pay you per star?) You make it damn hard to pick the month's best story, but it's a joyful difficulty.
I am pleased that early black players are included. Bud Fowler is as important as Albert Spalding, ultimately. Thanks.
It's hard to pick one. #2 was, of course, very timely. #7 and 8 were very informative. But I chose #3 as a reminder that practically anything can happen in a ballgame.
Just really interesting information that fills in the blanks.
The best description/analysis of Paige's MLB career I've read anywhere. Fantastic reading --much thanks.
The final days of the Bambino was one of the best that you have ever done and I learned a significant amount of information that I had not seen before.
Extremely poignant story you have unearthed here. Many thanks.
Loved each and every one. Such a great mixture of facts/stats and human interest.
Another month of great stories — I really enjoyed them all, and had to give everything five stars.
With just one story you got me hooked. Keep the good work!
How about all of the above!
Tough to pick a “winner.” They were all top notch.
This is always very difficult, since there never seem to be ANY stories that I DON’T like a lot!.
Don’t you ever write a sub-par story?
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