Quote of the day

You teach me baseball and I’ll teach you relativity. No, we must not. You will learn about relativity faster than I learn baseball.

~Albert Einstein



Infographic: The Physics that Propel a Baseball Pitch

Baseball is full of physics lessons, and I find that I enjoy learning them.  Here’s a good graphic on how a baseball makes its way from the mound to home plate.


Infographic: Why the knuckleball is so hard to hit

Here’s an informative infographic explaining the basic physics of the knuckleball.  I find the the information about the illusion of the pitch’s movement to be especially fascinating.


This day in baseball: I got it!

On August 21, 1908, Gabby Street of the Washington Senators took part in one of the most publicized stunts of the new century: he was going to attempt to catch a baseball dropped from the top of the Washington Monument, a distance of 555 feet.  Street managed to pull off the feat on his third try.  Scientists estimated that the ball fell with a force between 200 and 300 pounds.

Library of Congress

Infographic: Hitting the fastball

How hard is it to hit a 95 MPH fastball?  It’s definitely not easy, that’s for sure.  Here’s a pretty sweet infographic from Phoenix Bats that breaks the process down for us.

Relativistic Baseball, by XKCD

If you’re not familiar with the webcomic XKCD, then you are definitely missing out.  Part of the XKCD experience is the What If? blog, which explores a wide range of hypothetical physics questions.  The very first post on the blog was an amusing discussion on “Relativistic Baseball.”  More specifically, it provides us with an answer to the question: What would happen if you tried to hit a baseball pitched at 90% the speed of light?

The answer might surprise you — but I’m sure that it will also entertain you.  Click here to read and learn all about it!

Photo source: XKCD

How to catch a hitter looking

And for your physics wonder of the day… Check out the break on this pitch!  He even had the catcher fooled.



This .gif found via the University of Illinois site on the Physics of Baseball.