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Mapping the world of sports statistics in pretty colours...

NEWS: Those of you interested in this kind of stuff, particularly the baseball stuff, may be interested to know that I've built a new website, Flip Flop Fly Ball, full of baseball infographics. Some of the stuff that's on this page is over there, too.

Really fantasy baseball
Wu-Tang Clan vs. the E Street Band (March 2009)

2009 Major League Baseball ticket prices
How many Rockies bleacher tickets could you buy for the price of the front row ticket at Yankee Stadium (March 2009)

Major League Baseball dugouts
On which side of the diamond does each home team have its dugout? (September 2008)

National League and American League history
It took me a while to get my head around the change of names and cities of a lot of the Major League Baseball teams, so back in the dark days of early 2007, I set about making some sort of chart that would help me learn stuff. It's kinda difficult to find a consensus of opinion on certain teams' histories, so if you see any glaring errors, please let me know (craig AT flipflopflyin DOT com). (August 2008, updated October 2008)

World Cup squad members playing at home or abroad
want to know how many member of Brazil's and Argentina's world Cup squads over the years played their club football in their home nations? I thought so. (April 2008)

Orientation of Premier League stadiums
This examines the orientation (the goal-to-goal direction) of English Premier League pitches. Back in the olden days, when stadiums were within a community, there seems to be no evident rhyme or reason for their orientation; just plonked down on a spare bit of land. The eight modern stadiums, though, (Arsenal, Bolton Wanderers, Derby County, Manchester City, Middlesbrough, Reading, Sunderland, and Wigan Athletic - all built since 1994) all have a fairly similar orientation. In fact, a quick look on Google Earth at all of the stadiums built in the last 20 years by clubs in the three lower divisions reveal the same thing in all but a couple of cases. (October 2007)

Soviet and post-Soviet Olympic medal count
How well have the former Soviet nations done since the end of the Soviet Union? (August 2007, updated August 2008)

Home advantage in international football
Do you really have a home advantage in international football tournaments. Not if you're Belgium, you don't... (May 2007)

Most successful North American cities
In baseball, basketball, (American) football, and (ice) hockey. (May 2007, updated July 2008)

Pitch dimensions of different football codes
Comparing the sizes of American football, Association football, Australian Rules football, Canadian football, Gaelic football, and Rugby League, and Rugby Union pitches. (May 2007)

Shorts
A brief history of basketball clothing. (May 2007)

Squash balls
What the dots mean. (May 2007)

Women's sport
A typical man's interest. (May 2007)

Athletics world records
And how fast a marathon could be run if the pace of each of the other world records could be kept up over the full length of the marathon. (March 2007)

Ball size comparisons
If you've ever wondered how big a lacrosse ball is compared to a jai alai ball, well, here's the thing for you. (March 2007)

Retired numbers
Every retired number in Major League Baseball. (November 2006)

716,083 pitches in 2006
Adding together all the pitches pitched by all the pitchers of all the Major League Baseball teams during the 2006 season (including the post-season). Imagine if all of those pitches were made in one continuous line. One pitch - from the pitcher's plate to home plate - is 60.5 feet. 716,083 pitches is just over 8,318.5 miles, or the distance from the pitcher's plate at Busch Stadium, St Louis, Missouri, (home of the St Louis Cardinals, 2006 World Series winners) to the beach of the Uran township, just south of Mumbai, India. (October 2006)

73,080 bases in 2006
Adding together all the bases ran by all the players of all the Major League Baseball teams during the 2006 season (including the post-season). Doing that, then seeing how big a baseball diamond it would make. One base run is 90 feet. 73,080 bases is just over 1,245 miles. (October 2006)

103 diamonds in Manhattan
All the places one could whack a baseball, or a softball, or anything that might involve hitting a ball with a stick and dreaming of being Derek Jeter or Jose Reyes. (September 2006)

30 ballparks
All of the Major League Baseball playing surfaces. (September 2006)