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Connecting players through baseball history

Updated: October 22, 2010, 3:24 PM ET
By David Schoenfield

One of the appealing aspects of baseball is its ties to the past. When we hear arguments like "Cliff Lee is one of the greatest postseason pitchers of all time," baseball fans can evoke images of Bob Gibson or Sandy Koufax.

Baseball-Reference.com has a fun toy it calls the Oracle of Baseball. It allows you to create a "chain" from one player to another via common teammates, a reminder that baseball history is a series of links to the past. For example ...

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