• 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.

Lowest ERA For A Rookie

Lowest ERA For A Rookie Pitcher

The record for lowest ERA for a rookie pitcher in a season since 1893 (minimum 1.0 IP per scheduled game) is held by the Philadelphia Athletics’ Harry Krause in 1909 with 1.39. Next is the Cubs’ Ed Reulbach (1905) with 1.42, followed by another Cub, Jack Pfiester (1906) with 1.51. Amazingly, the Cubs also had […]

Most Total Bases In A Season By A Rookie

Most Total Bases In A Season By A Rookie

Hal Trosky and Tony Oliva both hold the Major League record for most total bases in a season by a rookie with 374. Trosky in 1934 with Cleveland and Oliva in 1964 with the Minnesota Twins. Joe DiMaggio tallied 367 bases in his rookie season with the Yankees in 1936. Nomar Garciaparra chalked up 365 […]

Ichiro

Most Hits And At-Bats By A Rookie

Ichiro Suzuki holds the Major League record for hits in a season by a rookie. He tallied 242 for Seattle in 2001. Lloyd Waner had previously held the record since 1927 with Pittsburgh with 223. Jimmy Williams is the only 19th century rookie on this list with 219 hits for the Pirates in 1899. A […]

Max Carey

Incredible Base Stealers

Max Carey, fine outfielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates, in 1922, recorded a stolen base percentage of 96.2%, the only pre-1951 player to have a percentage of 92% or higher. That would make him the only one of 31 players to have a pre-1951 rating that high. In 1899, the Baltimore Orioles had a pair 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 […]

Chuck Klein

Single Season Outfield Assist Record

Chuck Klein, the strong-throwing right fielder for the Philadelphia Phillies, has the Major League record for assists by an outfielder in a single season (since 1893, the beginning of “modern-day” professional baseball). In 1930, Klein was credited with 44 assists from the outfield. The only outfielder with 50 assists in a season is the Chicago […]

Vince Coleman

Most Consecutive Stolen Bases

Vince Coleman over the course of approximately a year, in 1988 and 1989, stole 50 consecutive bases without being thrown out. In 2006 and 2007, Ichiro Suzuki stole 45 consecutive bases without being thrown out. These are the only two players who have reached this plateau of consecutive steals. Lou Brock achieved 50+ stolen bases […]

Flawless Catching

Flawless Catching

In 2003, St. Louis Cardinal catcher Mike Matheny did something that no other catcher has ever done. He went through an entire season (minimum 125 games) with no errors. Of the 16 top fielding seasons by catchers, 5 of them are by the Houston Astros’ defensive stalwart Brad Ausmus. No one else has even 2 […]

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 […]

Nolan Ryan, Tom Seaver

Most Consecutive Strikeouts In A Game

Tom Seaver, called “Tom Terrific” by the fans, holds the Major League record for the most consecutive strikeouts in a game with 10–the last of 19 Ks he recorded in a game on April 22nd, 1970. Several pitchers, since 1893, have had 8 consecutive strikeouts in a game, including Nolan Ryan–twice. While with the California […]

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, […]