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    Best Defensive Third Basemen

    It is important to remember that there are fewer third basemen in the Hall of Fame than any other position. The position has traditionally been looked at as a corner power-hitting place in the lineup. Therefore, trying to find a good power hitter who can also play defense is a challenging proposition. Most winning teams […]

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    Christy Mathewson: The Christian Gentleman

    Once, in the ninth inning of a game against the Cubs, the great Christy Mathewson looked into his fine-fielding catcher, the Californian Chief Meyers, for the sign. Suddenly, Meyers called “Time!”, jumped up and headed to the mound. “What’s the matter?”, asked Mathewson. “Skip wants a double-play ball,” responded Meyers. Mathewson glanced toward the dugout […]

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    Rube Waddell: The First American League Ace

    In the early part of the 20th century, baseball fans came out in droves to watch “Rube strike ’em out!” Yes, Rube Waddell was the new American League’s star pitcher. He was a flame-throwing strikeout ace–and he was really something to see. Before some games, he would paint, on the sidewalks and streets, “Come watch […]

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    Roger Connor: The First Giant

    Roger Connor was the best first baseman in baseball during his 18 year career. He set a record for career home runs that was not broken until Babe Ruth broke it in 1921, 24 years later. What made Connor a star was his combination of power and superb fielding–an amazing balance on both sides of […]

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    Bill Lange: How Good Was He?

    When asked about center fielder Bill Lange, A. H. Spink, founder of The Sporting News, responded, “Lange was Ty Cobb enlarged, fully great in speed, batting skill and baserunning.” Others agreed, only giving the nod to Buck Ewing as the greatest 19th century player because of his expertise at catcher. While Lange was widely acknowledged […]

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    David “Davy” Force: The Gold Glove

    David “Davy” Force was not baseball’s first great short stop. Players such as Dickey Pearce and George Wright helped to develop the position in the 1860s and early 1870s. Yet, Force is clearly remembered as the first great defensive player at the position. He played on a number of teams for 19 years in the […]

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    UBTG DREAM TEAM BASEBALL POLL

    Recently, Ultimate Baseball The Game (UBTG) launched a “dream team” project, a Dream Team Baseball Poll designed to tally respondents’ favorite picks of all time at each position. I was asked to submit my all-time dream picks, and I decided to publish the following post in hopes of spurring some lively discussion. As many of […]

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    Monte Ward: Leader, Scholar and Athlete

    John Montgomery “Monte” Ward, all 5′ 9″ and 165 pounds of him, was one of the top pitchers of his generation. He was also one of the top shortstops of the 1880s and 1890s. And, he was one of the most influential “movers and shakers” in the history of baseball. As legends of baseball go, […]

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    Amos Rusie: The Pitcher Who Changed the Game

    Amos Rusie threw so hard, many fans swore they couldn’t see the ball when it left his hand. Experts believe he could “bring it” at 100mph–and that he routinely threw in the high 90s. His catcher, Dick Buckley, under his glove, placed a thin strip of lead covered in a handkerchief, and added a sponge […]

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    Big Sam Thompson: The First Great Clutch Hitter

    In the 1880s, a new baseball star appeared on the horizon. He was 6′ 2 1/2″ tall and around 225 pounds, a pretty big fellow for his era, and his teammates, and the fans, called him “Big Sam”. Samuel Luther “Big Sam” Thompson was indeed a formidable force with a bat in his hands. He […]

Japanese & American Baseball Legends

From Deep Right Field covers Japanese & American baseball legends, famous baseball players & important baseball facts about the history of the game. As always, comments on legends of baseball are welcome. I am a baseball historian. I have always been fascinated by the influence that baseball has had on our culture & the influence people have had on the game. As my grandfather once said, "When America is excavated 2,000 years from now, the US will be mostly known for its form of government, our popular music... & baseball." It is the only sport through which you can study the evolution of American culture throughout our history.

World Series 2011 MVP David Freese recorded hits in 8 of the final 9 regular-season games, setting the table for his phenomenal postseason performance.

Cardinals Win World Series 2011: Freese MVP

The St. Louis Cardinals are the World Series 2011 Champions. And, the kid who grew up in St. Louis rooting for the Redbirds was named MVP of the Series. David Freese capped off the MLB championships by knocking in 2 more runs (for a MLB record of  21 postseason RBIs) to help the Cards defeat […]

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World Series 2011 Game Six: Cards Freese Rangers In Thriller

Third baseman David Freese of the St. Louis Cardinals may not have the credentials of his teammate, Albert Pujols, or the Rangers’ Josh Hamilton, but he is rapidly approaching cult status among the Busch Stadium faithful! Freese, the “Big Chill,” blasted a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 11th inning to send the […]

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History of Baseball: The Man From Hawaii

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. […]

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

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 […]

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World Series 2011 Game Five: Napoli-onic

On Monday, October 24th, the World Series 2011 offered up a scintillating pitching match-up, a repeat of game 1. The 2 aces of their respective staffs, Chris Carpenter for the St. Louis Cardinals and C. J. Wilson for the Texas Rangers baseball club hooked up for what promised to be a nail-biter! Neither pitcher disappointed. […]

In 2009, Derek "The Dutch Oven" Holland was rated the #2 prospect in the organization according to Baseball America, behind Neftali Feliz.

World Series 2011 Game Four: The Holland-Napoli Show

It has been said that the only pitcher who can defeat Derek Holland is… Derek Holland. That comment is based on his erratic command. In game 4 of the World Series 2011, the MLB championships produced a gem of a pitching performance. Holland pitched the Texas Rangers baseball club right back into contention with a […]

When Albert led the Cardinals in batting average, home runs and RBIs in 2001, he became the first St. Louis rookie to top the team in all three categories since Rogers Hornsby in 1916.

World Series 2011 Game Three: Long Live The King

On Saturday, October 22nd, “King Albert” Pujols stopped by the Ballpark in Arlington on his way to Cooperstown. He decided to show the fans why he has no equal in the game today–5 hits, 3 homeruns, 6 RBI’s, and 4 runs! Game 3 of the World Series 2011 almost made a mockery of the MLB […]

Since the World Series era began in 1903, only Craig and Dusty Rhodes of the '54 New York Giants, have RBI'd in three consecutive postseason games as pinch-hitters.

World Series 2011: Did You Know…

If the first 2 games are any indication, we are in for a lot of excitement in the World Series 2011! Did you know that Allen Craig for the Cardinals is the first player to have a pair of pinch-hit RBIs in the same World Series since the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Jay Johnstone in 1981? […]

Ian Kinsler (pictured above) steals second in Game 2. Oddly similar to the 1975 World Series, Dave Concepcion (Cincinatti Reds, then managed by Sparky Anderson) stole second and scored on a 3-2 game-winning double by Ken Griffey which tied the seies at a game apiece.

World Series 2011 Game Two: Forever Young

On Thursday, October 20th, the World Series 2011 saw game 2 unfold at Busch Stadium. The weather was cold and so were the vaunted offenses of both teams. However, the Texas Rangers baseball club, faced with going back to Arlington down 2 games to none, rallied in the ninth inning to win a classic, 2-1. […]

Chris Carpenter was the first Cardinal to win 20 games since Matt Morris in 2001.

World Series 2011 Game One: Cards Outlast Rangers

On Wednesday, October 19th, one of the most anticipated match-ups of the MLB championships kicked off, game one of the World Series 2011. The St. Louis Cardinals prevailed 3-2 over the Texas Rangers baseball club at Busch Stadium. As advertised, the game was close–well-pitched– and both defenses played better than expected. C. J. Wilson, the […]

Connie Mack was manager of the Milwaukee Brewers and the Philadelphia Athletics, and president of the Athletics. He helped establish the American League.

The DH Blues

Today, Wednesday October 19th, begins the greatest show in all sports, the World Series 2011. The MLB championships culminate with the National League’s St. Louis Cardinals hosting the American League’s Texas Rangers baseball club. Once again, this event brings up the controversy of the Designated Hitter. Remember, this is the position created to bat in […]

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World Series 2011 (Preview): The Greatest Show on Earth

On Wednesday, October 19th, the World Series 2011 commences. This is sports’ most important event. Each year, the two best performing teams meet to determine the best of the MLB championships. There is the Super Bowl, the Kentucky Derby, the Indy 500, even soccer’s World Cup, and many other superb sports championships. Still, there is […]