The Crack of the Bat! Another baseball season is upon us ... and in the true spirit of this blog let's research the science and engineering of the game. After all, I need an edge to win my fantasy baseball league!
Drilling down into the archives, browse on over to this NY Times article from 2001 ... The Crack of the Bat: Acoustics Takes On the Sound of Baseball. Here are a few lines to warm you up:
''As soon as I hear the sound of the bat, I know where the ball is going,'' Mr. Mora said before a game with the Toronto Blue Jays last week. A sharp crack, and he races out; a dull clunk, and he runs in. ''It's about reaction,'' he said.
Although Mr. Mora makes no claim to understand the physics of the bat-on-ball collision -- ''It's something I can't explain,'' he said -- more than a few baseball-loving researchers have made it their business to understand the science behind one of the most evocative aspects of the national pastime: its sounds."
Now, if you really want to learn about the science of baseball, then link on over to Kettering University's Professor Dan Russell's extensive web portal, The Physics and Acoustics of Baseball. You'll find not just written research, but references to many podcast interviews.
Hopefully all these icons will survive into 2010. I'm not worried about the Apple Pie, but sometimes I wonder about Baseball (new stadiums, higher ticket prices, etc). Now Chevrolet ... that is a whole other matter ...
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