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Subtleties of the Game, Chapter 105

Self-Esteem and Narcissism Among the Most and Least Empathetic Finnish Baseball Players,” M. Kalliopuska, Perceptual and Motor Skills, vol. 75, no. 3, part 1, December 1992, pp. 945-46.

Hidden Ball Trick

“An Unusual Foreign Body in the Rectum -- a Baseball: Report of a Case,” M.P. McDonald and D. Rosenthal, Diseases of the Colon and Rectum, vol. 20, 1977, pp. 56-7.

An Empirical Assessment of the Difficulty of Killing the Umpire

“Life Expectancy of Major League Baseball Umpires,” Richard S. Cohen, Celia A. Kamps, Stephen Kokoska, Erwin M. Segal, and James B. Tucker, The Physician and Sportsmedicine, vol. 28, no. 5, May 2000. (Thanks to Bill Maloney for bringing this to our attention.) The article can be read on-line at <>. The authors conclude that:
Major League Baseball umpiring is not associated with a shortened life expectancy.

A Look at Caps

“Wearing Baseball-Type Caps: An Informal Look,” John W. Trinkaus, Psychological Reports, vol. 74, no. 2, April 1994, pp. 585-6.The author reports that:
Observed 407 people wearing baseball-type caps with the peak in back in the downtown area and on 2 college campuses (1 in an inner borough and 1 in an outer borough) of a large city. About 40% of Ss in the downtown area and at the inner-borough college wore the cap with the peak to the rear, while about 10% of the outer-borough college Ss had the peak to the rear.

Another Look at Caps

“Wearing Baseball-Type Caps: Another Look,” John W. Trinkaus and Maria Divino, Perceptual and Motor Skills, vol. 82, no. 3, Part 1, June 1996, p. 754. The authors report that
Another look on two college campuses at the practice of wearing baseball-type caps with the peak in the back showed a decline in the inner city school and an increase in the suburban school.

(Editor’s note: Regular readers of this magazine will recognize the two baseball-type caps citations. They are among the much-variegated body of research conducted by John W. Trinkaus and profiled in AIR 9:3.)

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