Prior to and during this past weekend’s World Series games in Denver, there was a lot of sportscaster banter about how pitches fly differently at Denver’s higher altitude. Breaking balls don’t break quite the same way. Curveballs curve a little differently.
Normally, sportscasters are the last people in the world you’d want to listen to anytime a bit of science figures in, but in this case, according to physicist and baseball fan Alan Nathan, they were right.
Check out his detailed explanations of the physics of baseball here.—Gregory Mone