Friday, August 8, 2008

"Carleton Better Than Most" Sports Illustrated Says

Thanks to Sports Illustrated (which apparently isn't just known for sports), we now know what many of us strongly suspected:
Carleton College is better than most schools in the country
Is it because of our academic prowess? No. Are we better because of our sustainable (PDF) practices? Apparently not. Maybe our giant forest of an arboretum?

According to Sports Illustrated, Carleton is better than most schools in the country because Carleton offered: AMST 222 Cheating in Baseball: An Ethical and Historical Study
or as SI described it:
an entire course on the study of baseball ethics. Imagine getting course credit to chat about ball-scuffing and sign-stealing.
To be fair, it was 2 week course (most are ten weeks) and it was worth 1 credit (most are worth 6). But it did have a fascinating process of entering the course. Instead of the normal first come first serve process, applicants had to answer this question:
To apply for the course, please waitlist and then respond to the prompt below.
Responses accepted up until March 4.

Here are four ethical quandaries in baseball. Pick the one you find most offensive. Explain your choice in no more than 150 words.

1. Legendary Baltimore Orioles third baseman John McGraw, in the late 1890s (when there was only one umpire per game), used to grab the belt of the runner on third, or try to trip him or knock him down, when there was a hit to the outfield and the umpires back was turned to third base.

2. Cleveland Indians Hall of Fame pitcher Bob Feller served as a gunnery officer in World War II. In 1948, he used a telescope from his soldiering days to steal the opposing teams signs, and then relay them to the Indians hitters before each pitch. He mounted the telescope on a tripod in the scoreboard at the Indians home park.

3. In the 1960s, LA Dodgers shortstop and speedster Maury Wills was wreaking havoc on other teams with his stolen bases. The SF Giants groundskeeper tried to stop him by watering down the dirt around first base so it became a mud pit, an area where it was almost impossible for Wills to get any traction. Umpire Tom Gorman noticed the problem, and stopped play for 30 minutes to allow the area to dry.

4. Trying to gain an edge, in 1974, NY Yankees first baseman Greg Nettles sawed off the end of this bat, hollowed the bat out, shoved super-balls into the bat, and then reattached the top of the bat so nobody would notice. He got caught in a game when he hit a homerun, but in the next at-bat, the bat broke and the super-balls went bouncing all over the infield.

Your thoughts?

(Don't worry, I'll get back to politics soon)

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