notes on government, sports and popular culture
......The (dying) art of stealing home
"It helps to have two outs and a weak hitter at the plate, so a manager is more willing to take a chance. It helps to have a left-handed pitcher on the mound, so his back is turned to third base. It helps to have an inkling that a breaking ball is coming, so the pitch is slower to the plate. And it helps to have some signal to send to the batter, so he does not swing and wrap his bat around your head."
Look closely at the photo of Jackie Robinson. Safe or out?