To celebrate Opening Day 1999, we couple a little R.B.I. and E.R.A. with some E = mc2. Physicist Richard Minnix (Virginia Military Institute) explains the science of a curve ball and proves there really is a sweet spot on the bat. And exercise science expert Melvin H. Williams (Old Dominion University) looks at the muscle behind a few batters’ strength – performance-enhancing drugs.
Also featured: Jackie Robinson and Larry Doby may have integrated Major League Baseball, but the difficult job of integrating the minors in the 1950s South fell to many whose names are less well-known. We recall those days with a former player and the author of a new book about that time.
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