The Case of the Golden Thong, and Other Baseball Superstitions

Ben Williams & John Edward Royall/Charleston City Paper
Charleston City Paper | August 6, 2008
According to George Gmelch, cultural anthropologist and author of the article "Baseball Magic," superstitious behaviors among ballplayers fall into two major categories -- rituals and taboos. Nomar Garciaparra's famed batting gyrations, that's a ritual. When he jumps over the base line to take his position in the infield, that is a taboo.

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