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Baseball Web site all-stars

By CNN Interactive writer Elizabeth Knefel

March 20, 1998
Web posted at: 4:10 PM EST (1610 GMT)

It's that time of year again and that means baseball! If you can't make it to spring training, then make a few stops in cyberspace for an early fix of all things baseball.

First, make a short stop at Fastball. Here, you'll find scores, news, stats/standings, and injury information. It features a spring training section, dugout chat and interactive games. You can register for the Fantasy Game or post your comment about the sale of the Los Angeles Dodgers in the forum area or send an electronic postcard of your favorite player to friends. The pastime area lists the players in the Hall of Fame, and the scores and locations of the all-star games back to 1933. Pick up caps, jerseys, signed baseballs, books and even mousepads at the clubhouse store.

John Skilton's Baseball Links is the mother of all baseball link sites with a list of nearly four thousand. Here you can find information about the major, minor, college, amateur, high school, youth, international and fantasy baseball teams. Get news, stats & analysis, history, cards and collectibles information here. You can test your sports knowledge at the Trivia Blitz area and maybe win a prize. At the Dugout Chat create your own room, join one or post a message at the Baseball Soapbox. Browse through the large software and bookstore sections for significant discounts. If you can't find what you're looking for about baseball here, then it probably doesn't exist.

A must stop is Ballparks by Munsey and Suppes complete with "Take Me Out To The Ballgame" playing in the background. It features minor, college, National and American ballparks. The Facts and Figures section provides a history of the American and National Leagues, All Star game sites and domed stadiums of the world. Here you can get the history, pictures and seating diagrams of your favorite ballparks from the past, present and future. Visit Braves Field in Boston, which was opened August 18, 1915. Learn about the dimensions and financing of Pacific Bell Park, the new home of the San Francisco Giants, which opens in 2000.

News hounds will want to visit the Baseball Newsstand . A clearinghouse for multimedia sources of baseball news, here you get instant access to many good sports sites and can find articles by many of your favorite sports columnists. With a simple point and click, Newsstand will jump to the electronic sports pages of the newspapers in whatever major league city you're interested in. Go to the NetStuff section for links to mailing lists, newsgroups and Internet Broadcasts. This site features links to the minor leagues too.

The Negro Leagues Professional Baseball site is a must visit for baseball history buffs. A special section of Major League Baseball's @ Bat site, it has information about the history, teams and players of the famous leagues. Learn about the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum in Kansas City or visit the multimedia area to see a movie of Jackie Robinson's famous swing or listen to a story about John Gibson's home run prowess. You can also visit the NL Shop and purchase apparel, patches, hats, pins, blankets and even telephone calling cards. There are a lot of interesting facts on the site. I learned that The New York Black Yankees originated in Harlem and were co-owned by Bill "Bojangles" Robinson.

And finally no tour would be complete without mentioning baseball collectibles. You can buy and sell them almost anywhere on the Internet. The Baseball Card Hall of Fame is a fantasy card collection. There you can see one of the first baseball cards, Captain Jack Glasscock's from 1887. Other valuable cards include Ty Cobb, Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle, Jackie Robinson and Ted Williams. But as the author, Res Firma, says it's a collection that could only be put together on the web.

But not all cards are so sought after. Baseball player and humorist Bob Uecker said, "I knew when my career was over. In 1965 my baseball card came out with no picture."

Play ball!

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