• 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 […]

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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 […]

  • 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 […]

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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 […]

  • 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.

Ed Delahanty

400 Hitters Don’t Always Win Titles

In 1894, the Philadelphia Phillies claimed four .400 hitters, yet Boston’s Hugh Duffy won the batting title with a .440 clip. The four Phillies .400 hitters were batting race runner-up Tuck Turner at .418, followed by right fielder Sam Thompson and left fielder Ed Delahanty, each with .407, and center fielder Billy Hamilton with .404. […]

Matt Bush

The Story of Matt Bush: A Cautionary Tale

A friend of mine forwarded this excellent article on Matt Bush, written by Jeff Passan, national columnist for Yahoo Sports. Passan originally published this item on March 26th, 2012. My friend and I had been recalling a similar (in some respects) situation that befell a former high school classmate–a multi-talented baseball player–from years ago. I […]

King Kelly

Mike “King” Kelly: First of the American Baseball Legends

Mike “King” Kelly was the most popular player of the 19th century. In fact, he was the best known American of his time. He was handsome, projected charisma, and played the game with a natural flair for the dramatic. He was the single most important reason that women became attracted to baseball. Before Kelly, very […]

John McGraw

Greatest Offensive Third Basemen

The following is Part 2 in our series on the greatest third basemen of all time. This post will rank the top offensive third basemen.   #15 (tie-2): Judy Johnson was an All-Star level player on offense and defense. He anchored several championship teams in the Negro Leagues, such as the Hilldale Daisies and the […]

Nolan Ryan

Most Strikeouts All Time

Nolan Ryan, who has the most strikeouts all time, also holds the Major League record for most career walks issued with a total of 2,795. The closest mark to him is Steve Carlton who recorded 1,833 free passes. Then comes Phil Niekro with 1,809. Early Wynn (1,775) and Bob Feller (1,764) are next. Bobo Newsom […]

Big Ed Walsh

Lowest Career ERA Leaders

Big Ed Walsh and the legendary Addie Joss, career ERA leaders, are the only Major League starting pitchers to achieve a career ERA (Earned Run Average) of less than 2.00 (minimum 1,500 Innings Pitched). Walsh, star of the Chicago White Sox,, posted an ERA of 1.82 for his career. Joss starred for the Cleveland franchise […]

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Most Appearances By A Pitcher

Cy Young, the man after whom the award for pitching excellence is named, is the only starting pitcher to have appeared in 900 games (906). Number 2 on the list of game appearances among starters is the knuckle-baller Phil Niekro with 864. Eighteen relievers have made more appearances than Young. Jesse Orosco tops the list […]

Napoleon Lajoie (1905)

Nap Lajoie: First Among AL Legends Of The Game

“He glides to every ball–no one can hit anything past him,” exclaimed an opposing manager. Nap Lajoie was indeed one of the smoothest-fielding second basemen in history, as supremely proficient on defense as he was overpowering on offense. There has never been an American League second baseman rated higher than Lajoie. He was one of […]

Best Defensive Second Basemen

The Best Defensive Second Basemen Of All Time

The following post represents Part Three in a presentation of the best second basemen in the history of baseball. This list covers the greatest defensive performers at second base:   #9 (11 tied): Jerry Coleman Jerry Coleman played mostly as a second baseman for 9 years for the New York Yankees in the 1950s. He […]

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Single Season Home Run Record By Pitchers

Wes Ferrell holds an interesting record. While he was pitching with the Cleveland Indians in 1931, he slugged 9 home runs, the most by a pitcher in a single season since 1893. In 1933, Ferrell recorded 7 home runs for 2nd place on this list, since tied by several others. Next to the Boston Red […]

Hughie Jennings

Over 100 RBIs With No Home Runs

Since 1900, only one player has ever knocked in 100+ runs without hitting a home run. The brilliant third baseman Lave Cross, while playing with the Philadelphia Athletics in 1902, tallied 108 RBIs without hitting a single round-tripper. However, the record belongs to Hall of Fame short stop Hughie Jennings. In 1896, Jennings knocked in […]

Ted Williams

Most Consecutive Games Reaching Base

Ted Williams, the greatest hitter ever, holds one of the most difficult records to break–a consecutive game on-base streak of 84, set in 1949. No one has really gotten close to breaking this one. Joe DiMaggio holds the 2nd place on this list with 74 consecutive games reaching base in 1941. And, 3rd place belongs […]