Sliding Billy Hamilton: The First Great Run Producer

Sliding Bill Hamilton

During the 1890s, “Sliding Billy” Hamilton drew fans by the thousands to watch his exploits on the baseball field. Hugh Nicol and Jim Fogarty, brilliant base runners, were about to retire, and along comes Hamilton to inject the next level of base running into the game. On offense, he was a one-man wrecking crew, wreaking […]

Big Ed Delahanty: The First Five-Tool Player

Big Ed Delahanty

A sportswriter once called “Big Ed” Delahanty “a holy terror” at the plate. As 1890s pitcher Crazy Schmit once said, “When you pitch to Delahanty, you just want to shut your eyes, say a prayer and chuck the ball. The Lord only knows what’ll happen after that” (quoted from Louis P. Masur’s book, “Autumn Glory”). […]

The Joys of Dream Team Baseball Rankings Debate: Nolan Ryan

Dream Team Baseball - Nolan Ryan

In looking over several Strat-o-matic baseball player cards years ago with some friends, we noted that the cards were based on stats from a particular season. “But what if one of my players happened to be injured half of that season?” one of my friends inquired. “That’s too bad,” I retorted, with some delight. If […]

Mike “King” Kelly: First of the American Baseball Legends

King Kelly

Mike “King” Kelly was the most popular player of the 19th century. In fact, he was the best known American of his time. He was handsome, projected charisma, and played the game with a natural flair for the dramatic. He was the single most important reason that women became attracted to baseball. Before Kelly, very […]

Greatest Offensive Third Basemen

John McGraw

The following is Part 2 in our series on the greatest third basemen of all time. This post will rank the top offensive third basemen.   #15 (tie-2): Judy Johnson was an All-Star level player on offense and defense. He anchored several championship teams in the Negro Leagues, such as the Hilldale Daisies and the […]

Nap Lajoie: First Among AL Legends Of The Game

Napoleon Lajoie (1905)

“He glides to every ball–no one can hit anything past him,” exclaimed an opposing manager. Nap Lajoie was indeed one of the smoothest-fielding second basemen in history, as supremely proficient on defense as he was overpowering on offense. There has never been an American League second baseman rated higher than Lajoie. He was one of […]

The Best Defensive Second Basemen Of All Time

Best Defensive Second Basemen

The following post represents Part Three in a presentation of the best second basemen in the history of baseball. This list covers the greatest defensive performers at second base:   #9 (11 tied): Jerry Coleman Jerry Coleman played mostly as a second baseman for 9 years for the New York Yankees in the 1950s. He […]

Tris Speaker: The Grey Eagle

Tris Speaker

Tris Speaker is on most lists as one of the top 5 center fielders of all time. On many rankings, he is the top defensive center fielder, and he is generally evaluated as one of the top 6 position players ever. How did this sometime champion calf-roper achieve such a lofty status in baseball lore? […]

The Koshien Stadium Experience

Koshien Stadium

David Maher, a photo-journalist, is based in Japan. He has lived there for many years and is a keen observer of Japanese culture. He contributes to Japan Tourist, an English language website–a good source for what to see and do in Japan–on the beaten track or off. This week, my son Brian (a friend of […]

Greatest Third Basemen Of All Time

Greatest Third Basemen Cover

The following is a Three Part presentation on the Greatest Third Basemen of All Time (be sure to scroll down for photos). Part One will list the top-rated players in reverse order by Total Player Rating; Part Two will highlight the offense, and Part Three will cover the best defensive players. “A guy who strikes […]