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My lifelong obsession with baseball began in the 1960s, when two teams advanced to the postseason, starting pitchers were expected to start what they finished and World Series games were swiftly played in the afternoon.

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If you’re wondering who has been the Charleston Dirty Birds’ most valuable player during the team’s inaugural season in the independent Atlantic League, there are a few very good candidates as the team inches closer to a postseason berth.

Well, as it turns out, West Virginia Power pitcher Joe Harris was indeed the first professional hurler to throw an in-game pitch in a league game from 61 feet, 6 inches, a foot longer, from the back of home plate to the front of the pitching rubber, than the distance first established in the…

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Ot Elmore pretty much encapsulated the spirit of The Basketball Tournament when, after helping Herd That to a surprising second-round win in last summer’s event, uttered the quote that has become legendary in TBT circles.

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As Major League Baseball scandals go, the ongoing controversy over pitchers using foreign substances — sticky stuff like a product called “Spider Tack” — to increase the velocity and movement on their pitches seems relatively tame.

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The last time we saw professional baseball in Charleston was back around Labor Day, 2019, when the West Virginia Power -- then the low-Class A minor-league affiliate of the Seattle Mariners -- finished up a mediocre season in the South Atlantic League with a 69-70 record.