• 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.

Four 20-game Winners

Four 20-game Winners In The Same Rotation

Only two teams have ever boasted four 20-game winners in the same season. In 1920, the Chicago White Sox had four 20-game winners with Red Faber (23-13), Lefty Williams (22-14), Dickie Kerr (21-9), and Eddie Cicotte (21-10). At the end of that season, Williams and Cicotte were banned for life by Commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis […]

Amos Rusie Cover

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 […]

Most Wild Pitches - Red Ames

Most Wild Pitches In A Season

Red Ames of the New York Giants has an interesting Major League record. In 1905, he was charged with 30 wild pitches, the most wild pitches in a season since 1893. Tony Mullane, a notorious “head hunter”, was charged with 29 Wild Pitches in 1893. Mullane was a talented pitcher, but had what some called […]

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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 […]

Old Hoss Radbourn

The 30 Game Winners? How About 50?

What’s more exceptional than 30 game winners? Fifty game winners. Charley “Hoss” Radbourn is one of only three pitchers to ever win 50+ games in a season. In 1884, the year that overhand pitching became legal, Radbourn tallied 59 wins for Providence of the National League. Another Hall of Famer, John Clarkson, in 1885, chalked […]

Sliding Bill Hamilton

Sliding Billy Hamilton: The First Great Run Producer

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 […]

Grover Cleveland Alexander

MLB Record For Shutouts In A Season

Grover Cleveland Alexander, the only 4-time winner of pitching’s Triple Crown (Wins, Ks, and ERA), holds the Major League record for shutouts in a season, since 1893, with 16 for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1916. Jack Coombs of the Philadelphia Athletics (1910) and Bob Gibson of the St. Louis Cardinals (1968) recorded 13 shutouts apiece. […]

Jack Chesbro

Most Wins In A Season

“Happy Jack” Chesbro holds the record, starting in 1893, for most wins in a season with 41, achieved in 1904 with the New York Highlanders (their name was changed to the Yankees in 1913). The only other pitcher with 40 wins in a season is “Big Ed” Walsh of the Chicago White Sox who chalked […]

Big Ed Delahanty

Big Ed Delahanty: The First Five-Tool Player

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”). […]

Walter Johnson

Most Career 1-0 Pitching Wins

Walter Johnson, “The Big Train”, has 38 career 1-0 wins. That is more than double his nearest competitor. Number two on this list is Grover Cleveland Alexander with 17 1-0 wins. Alexander is the only pitcher with 4 pitching Triple Crown seasons. Bert Blyleven is next with 15 career 1-0 victories. Christy Mathewson, “Big Six” […]

Dream Team Baseball - Nolan Ryan

The Joys of Dream Team Baseball Rankings Debate: 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 […]

Carl Hubbell

Most Consecutive Wins By A Pitcher

Carl Hubbell, the Hall of Fame left-hander for the New York Giants, holds a singular pitching record–most consecutive wins by a pitcher. He once won 24 games in a row. This was accomplished over parts of two years, 1936 and 1937. Roy Face of the Pittsburgh Pirates has the second longest consecutive wins by a […]