• Best Defensive Third Basemen

    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 […]

  • Christy Mathewson - The Christian Gentleman

    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 […]

  • Bill-Lange

    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 […]

  • Davy Force

    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 […]

  • UBTG Dream Team Baseball Poll

    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 […]

  • Monte Ward

    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.

David Freese goes deep early in Game 6 of the NLCS.

MLB Championships: Cards Stack Deck–Put Brewers Into Deep Freese

On Sunday, October 16th, the Cards shuffled a near perfect deck, securing their 18th National League pennant. The MLB championships are well represented with the battle-tested St. Louis crew and the very deep Texas Rangers baseball club. The Cardinals “upset” the Milwaukee Brewers with a combination of timely hitting, clutch relief pitching and the brilliant […]

Bud Selig

World Series 2011: National League Bias?

On Wednesday, October 19th, the World Series 2011 will commence in the National League’s home park… because the NL won the 2011 All-Star game. This state of affairs has existed since the 2003 post-season. Prior to that time, the MLB championships, referred to for over 100 years as the World Series, used an alternating system […]

MLB Championships: Rangers Cruze!

On Saturday, October 15th, the Rangers did what no team had done in a decade (NY Yankees) — they repeated as American League champions. They rode the record-breaking bats of Nelson Cruz and Michael Young to a resounding 15-5 thrashing of the Detroit Tigers. The 4 games to 2 series victory never really seemed in […]

Matt Holiday

MLB Championships: Holliday for the Cards!

On Friday, October 14th, Matt Holliday and his teammates put a whuppin’ on the Brewers, 7-1. Though Holliday, Molina and clan did hit the ball well, the Brewers’ defense looked like the first day of Spring training. Error after error contributed to more unearned runs scored than the earned kind. Zack Greinke did not have […]

Justin Verlander

MLB Championships: Verlander Leads Tiger Express Back To Texas

On a cool Thursday afternoon in the heart of downtown Detroit, the Verlander express showed why the Tigers still have a chance to go to the World Series. Justin Verlander did not have his best command, but his heart led the way as he muzzled the bats of the erstwhile big game hunters, the Texas […]

Chris Carpenter on the mound at Busch stadium

MLB Championships: Bullpens ‘n’ Bats

On Wednesday, October 12, 2011, Yovani Gallardo and Chris Carpenter met at Busch for their highly anticipated match-up. With both aces on the mound, the game was supposed to be a classic. Well, it was, sort of… In the first inning, neither pitcher looked sharp. Inconsistency was the order of the day.  By the third inning, all the […]

Doug Fister in Game 3 of the ALCS

MLB Championships: Tigers Roar in Game 3!

Comerica Park was packed to the rafters and the Tigers’ faithful were rewarded with a victory. The ALCS now stands at Rangers up 2-1. Doug Fister, the ex-Mariner, pitched a gem, quieting the vaunted Ranger bats for a 5-2 win.  The Rangers’ Colby Lewis pitched decently, though he started getting the ball up in the […]

Derek Holland's ALCS Game 2 strike zone plot.

MLB Championships: Rangers’ Bats? How ‘Bout Their Pitching!

On Monday, October 10, the Texas Rangers once again prevailed over the Detroit Tigers to take a 2-0 American League Championship Series (ALCS) series lead. For a while it looked as if the Rangers were trying to find ways to lose game 2 of this series–Derek Holland manifested a complete lack of command, forcing the […]

Ryan Braun of the Milwaukee Brewers

MLB Championships: Baseball’s Banquet Begins

Wow! Sunday’s opening game of the 2011 National League Championship Series (NLCS) produced plenty of fireworks, especially for the victorious host team, the Milwaukee Brewers. Their Braun ‘n’ Fielder show was on full display. Neither Zack Greinke (Brewers) nor Jaime Garcia (St. Louis Cardinals) had their best command, so it was left up to the […]

Cy Young in 1902. At the time, Boston's AL club was known as the Americans.

Best of Baseball… Coming Soon!

Following the baseball playoffs, FROM DEEP RIGHT FIELD will be running a series based on my book, ALL-TIME GREATS OF BASEBALL: My Top Picks At Each Position. The book is distributed by ULTIMATE BASEBALL THE GAME (UBTG). UBTG is an exciting strategy baseball board game that fans everywhere will no doubt love to play. This […]