Corked bats, juiced balls, and humidors: The physics of cheating in baseball

Alan M. Nathan, Lloyd V. Smith, Warren L. Faber, Daniel A. Russell

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Abstract

Three questions of relevance to Major League Baseball are investigated from a physics perspective. Can a baseball be hit farther with a corked bat? Is there evidence that the baseball is more lively today than in earlier years? Can storing baseballs in a temperature- or humidity-controlled environment significantly affect home run production? These questions are subjected to a physics analysis, including an experiment and an interpretation of the data. The answers to the three questions are no, no, and yes, respectively.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)575-580
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Physics
Volume79
Issue number6
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 2011

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Physics and Astronomy(all)

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