• 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.

Paul Waner

Most Consecutive Games With An Extra Base Hit

The great Paul Waner, star right fielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the Atlanta Braves’ Chipper Jones share one of the toughest-to-achieve records in baseball history. They each hold Major League baseball’s record for most consecutive games with an extra base hit… 14 games. Waner set the mark in 1927. Jones equaled the rare feat […]

Ken Williams: 30-30 Club

30-30 Club: The First Players

Ken Williams, one of the best left fielders in history, played mostly on the St. Louis Browns–with stars such as pitcher Urban Shocker, outfielder Baby Doll Jacobson, and the eventual Hall of Fame first baseman George Sisler. Williams had an unusual combination of speed and power. In 1922, he knocked in 39 home runs and […]

Johnny Kling

MLB Consecutive Hits Record

Johnny Kling, a catcher with the Chicago Cubs and a member of several early 1900s Pennant and World Series teams was the first Major League player to record 12 consecutive hits. He accomplished this amazing feat in 1902. Two other hitters have equaled this mark. Pinky Higgins did it with the Boston Red Sox in […]

Tris Speaker

Tris Speaker: The Grey Eagle

Tris Speaker is on most lists as one of the top 5 center fielders of all time. On many rankings, he is the top defensive center fielder, and he is generally evaluated as one of the top 6 position players ever. How did this sometime champion calf-roper achieve such a lofty status in baseball lore? […]

Ruth and Gehrig

Most Extra Base Hits In A Season

Babe Ruth holds the record for most extra base hits in a season with 119, in 1921. The 2nd best such total is 117 by the Hall of Famer Lou Gehrig, in 1927. Only Lou Gehrig, Chuck Klein and Todd Helton have ever recorded 2 seasons of at least 100+ extra base hits… a rare […]

Luke Appling

Over The Hill And Over .300

Hall of Fame shortstop Luke Appling has an amazing record. He is the only Major Leaguer to bat over .300 in a season–3 times–after turning 40 years of age. He batted .306 in 1947, .314 in 1948, and .301 in 1949. Only Barry Bonds, Paul Molitor and Hall of Famer Cap Anson have achieved the […]

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Season-high Runs Scored Since WWII

Since World War II, only Jeff Bagwell of the Houston Astros and Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox have had seasons of 150+ runs scored. In 2000, Bagwell scored 152 runs, the first time since 1949 that 150+ runs had been scored in a season. Ted Williams, in 1949, recorded 150 runs. The record […]

Hack Wilson

Top RBI Seasons of All Time

The top 3 RBI seasons are by the Chicago Cubs’ Hack Wilson in 1930 with 191, the New York Yankees’ Lou Gehrig in 1931 with 184, and the Detroit Tigers’ Hank Greenberg in 1937 with 183. Of the top 55 RBI seasons, only 2 are from the 19th century, and both years are by Hall […]

Koshien Stadium

The Koshien Stadium Experience

David Maher, a photo-journalist, is based in Japan. He has lived there for many years and is a keen observer of Japanese culture. He contributes to Japan Tourist, an English language website–a good source for what to see and do in Japan–on the beaten track or off. This week, my son Brian (a friend of […]

Mickey Mantle

Top OPS For Switch Hitters

Mickey Mantle has the top 4 seasons ever, as a switch hitter, for On-Base plus Slugging percentage (OPS), with a record 1.177 in 1957. Chipper Jones has the 5th best such season with 1.074, in 1999. Interestingly, only George Davis (1893, 1894) and Tom McCreery (1896) make the Top Thirty list from the 19th century. […]

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Season-high OBP For Right-Handed Hitters

Only 4 right-handed hitters have ever recorded an on-base percentage of .500+ for a single season. Rogers Hornsby, the greatest right-handed hitter in history, achieved a .507 OBP in 1924. Joe Kelley chalked up a .502 OBP figure in 1894, as did the remarkable Hugh Duffy in 1894. Ed Delahanty, one of only 3 hitters […]

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Greatest Third Basemen Of All Time

The following is a Three Part presentation on the Greatest Third Basemen of All Time (be sure to scroll down for photos). Part One will list the top-rated players in reverse order by Total Player Rating; Part Two will highlight the offense, and Part Three will cover the best defensive players. “A guy who strikes […]