History of Baseball: Greatest Players of All-Time Series (28 to 39)

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The following post is part of an ongoing series taken from Paul Gillespie’s book, ALL-TIME GREATS OF BASEBALL: My Top Picks At Each Position. These lists include the greatest offensive and defensive players in the history of baseball, extracted from a database Paul developed for the lifetime composite ratings and skill sets of players from […]

History of Baseball: Greatest Players of All-Time Series (40-53)

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The following post is part of an ongoing series taken from Paul Gillespie’s book, ALL-TIME GREATS OF BASEBALL: My Top Picks At Each Position. These lists include the greatest offensive and defensive players in the history of baseball, extracted from a database Paul developed for the lifetime composite ratings and skill sets of players from […]

History of Baseball: The Greatest Players of All-time Series

Cy Williams (1887-1974) was one of only three players born before 1900 to hit 200 homers in his career (Babe Ruth and Rogers Hornsby are the other two).

The philosopher Jacques Barzun had it right. He pointed out the necessity of learning baseball if one was to understand the essence of American culture. My grandfather once said that when America is excavated by archaeologists two thousand years in the future, it will be known for three main contributions to civilization… our form of […]

Stephen J. Gould: The Singularity of DiMaggio’s Streak

Best known for his 56-game hitting streak (May 15–July 16, 1941) and his career with the New York Yankees, DiMaggio (left) was a three-time MVP winner and 13-time All-Star (the only player to be selected for the All-Star Game in every season he played). Gould (1941–2002) was an American paleontologist, evolutionary biologist, and historian of science. He was also one of the most influential and widely read writers of popular science of his generation.

Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak is arguably the single most unattainable record in all of sports. I recall reading a treatise on the subject by another American icon, Stephen J. Gould (1941-2002), a few years ago. Gould was a well-known professor at Harvard University, an internationally recognized evolutionary theorist. He published dozens of books and […]

History of Baseball: The Man From Hawaii

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On Wednesday, October 26th, Game 6 of the World Series 2011 was postponed due to rain. And, the article in this column about Goro Mikami struck a chord with American and Japanese baseball history enthusiasts. In fact, I received comments regarding the great Osaka Hanshin Tigers pitcher, also mentioned in the article, Tadashi “Bozo” Wakabayashi. […]

History of Baseball: Japan’s First Pro Ballplayer in America

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The history of baseball is often a reflection of American culture. Sometimes, the history of baseball in Japan merges with the history of baseball in America. A friend of mine was recently involved in a heated debate with a business associate about who was the first professional baseball player from Japan to play in the […]