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CONTENTS

1. The Turf Battles in Major League Baseball - (pg 1)

2. Maury Wills and the 1962 MLB Season - (pg 13)

3. Bad Ice - (pg 17)

4. The Decreasing Influence of Hockey Home Ice Advantage - (pg 23)

5. Clay Courts and the French Open - (pg 29)

6. Do Past Winners Have an Edge When Golf Tournaments Are Held at a Single Course? - (pg 37)

7. Eugene, Oregon: Modern Mecca of Track and Field - (pg 47)

8. The Wide World of Cricket - (pg 57)

9. Upgrading: Does Building a New Arena Improve a Team’s Chances of Winning? - (pg 67)

10. The Lore of the British Open - (pg 77)

11. The America’s Cup - (pg 87)

12. Corked Bats and Doctored Balls - (pg 97)

13. Deflategate and Inflation Pressure in Sport - (pg 107)

14. Jai Alai - (pg 113)

15. Don’t Tell Jokes While Speedskating. The Ice Might Crack Up! - (pg 121)

16. Sticks and Stones and Frigid Ice - (pg 129)

17. Wax On, Wax Off - (pg 139)

18. Making waves in the deep end - (pg 147)

19. Soft Rims - (pg 155)

20. A Gentleman’s Game - (pg 161)

21. Skyboxes, Crowd Noise, and Fan Interaction in the Future - (pg 169)

22. The Importance of the Batter’s Eye in Baseball - (pg 179)

23. Umpires and Referees - (pg 185)

24. Endurance Cycling & Blood Doping - (pg 193)

25. Mascots, Rally Monkeys, Flora and Fauna, Both Alive and Dead - (pg 201)

26. Arranging the Field Differently - (pg 209)