Housekeeping

Methodology

There are 162 games in a Major League Baseball Season. This has not always been the case, but it has been true long enough that the sample size is plenty large. I have spent the last three years charting out the most outstanding Game 1, Game 2…through Game 162.

The dataset is limited to Major League Baseball games by the Cleveland franchise going back to 1901. This is considered the beginning of the modern era in baseball as well as the genesis of the team now known as the Indians (although at times they were known as the Bronchos, Blues, Naps, or other nicknames when things were less official).

It will not be spoiling anything to let you know that the Indians always win in this Perfect Season Project.

Otherwise, there are no hard and fast rules other than that something remarkable must have happened. Lots of ink has been spilled about “the greatest games in Indians history” and some of those usual suspects will appear here, but many more unique and unusual games will be highlighted.

Some Games have been a challenge to find a story, others have such a wealth of history that it has been hard to choose just one to feature.
I believe that this unique approach will enlighten some new fans and bring back memories for others. I hope that the comments will be a place for everyone to share their baseball memories, and have some debate over what constitutes the Perfect Season.


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Housekeeping

Inspiration

Like all of our most interesting inventions, baseball is a source of infinite variety. That variety is the inspiration for the Perfect Season Project.

Baseball, particularly the Cleveland Indians, have been a constant presence in my life, particularly on the radio. The soundtrack of every summer has been Herb Score and Tom Hamilton–out after out, game after game, season after season as the background to housework, gardening, fishing, and so much driving.

After all those years of watching and listening to baseball, each moment holds the promise of something unique in this quirky game–the only spectator sport in which the defense has possession of the ball.  Baseball is brilliant because there are an infinite number of outcomes possible in every pitch, every play, every game. Every moment spent following baseball has the potential to reveal something baffling, amazing, or never before seen.

Baseball is particularly suited to the long arc of history. We often read about records broken after 100 years or more. Unlikely streaks and seemingly impossible outcomes that occur nonetheless, played out for our enjoyment on grass and dirt. Baseball invites comparison, debate, and is best enjoyed across generations.

This Project answers two questions: What if something amazing happened every day? And what if the Indians always won?

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