• 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 […]

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    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.

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Most At Bats In A Season

Willie Wilson, the fine switch-hitting center fielder for the Kansas City Royals, recorded 705 at bats in 1980, a Major League record. Only 2 other players in history have ever had 700+ at bats in a season… the amazing Ichiro Suzuki, right fielder for the Seattle Mariners (704 at bats in 2004) and the Philadelphia […]

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Shoeless Joe Jackson: The Natural

If there was ever The Perfect Swing it was created by Shoeless Joe. It was described as “elegant” and “balletic”–a “natural” swing. And, it produced some of the most amazing numbers in the game. In 1910, Shoeless Joe Jackson was traded to the American League’s Cleveland franchise. It was the beginning of an astounding eleven […]

Rogers Hornsby, Sr. (1896-1963)

The Greatest Offensive Second Basemen

The following post represents Part Two in the presentation of the greatest second basemen. This post: Total Offense.     #14 (2 tied): Hub Collins Hub Collins, a second baseman, was a fearless base stealer, who played for almost 7 seasons for mostly Brooklyn of the National League between 1886 and 1892. He averaged over […]

Bill Joyce (left) and George Strief.

Four Triples In A Single Game

Bill Joyce, of the New York Giants, and George Strief, of the American Association’s Philadelphia team, are the only Major Leaguers to ever hit 4 triples in a single game. Strief accomplished his feat on June 25th, 1885, while Joyce, one of his era’s great players, recorded his 4 triples on May 18th, 1897.   […]

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Masaichi Kaneda: The Emperor

In Japan, during the 1950s and 1960s, Masaichi Kaneda, Shigeo Nagashima, Sadaharu Oh and Katsuya Nomura were the faces of professional baseball. Nagashima, a third baseman, and Oh, a first baseman, were power-hitting teammates for the Yankees of Japan, the Yomiuri Giants. Nomura was the home run-slugging catcher for the Nankai Hawks, and Masaichi Kaneda […]

An 18-year veteran, Roger Connor's career batting average was .316 and he slugged a nineteenth century record 138 home runs. Connor also led the League in fielding percentage for first basemen 4 times. He is a member of Cooperstown.

Down By Three: The Only 19th Century Grand Slam Walk-off Home Run…

Roger Connor is the only 19th century player to ever hit a Grand Slam “walk-off” homer to win a game when his team was down by 3 runs. On September 10th, 1881, his team, Troy, was playing Worcester, when Connor, the Troy first baseman, a left-handed batter, came up against Lee Richmond, a star left-handed […]

Jesse "The Crab" Burkett of St. Louis at South Side Park in 1903.

Most Inside-The-Park Homers

Hall of Famer Jesse Burkett holds the top career spot for most inside-the-park homers with 55. Next is Sam Crawford with 52, followed by Ty Cobb and Tommy Leach with 49 each. Honus Wagner, generally considered the best all-around player of the first quarter of the 20th century, is next with 43, followed by the superb […]

Between 1954 and 1966 Braves teammates Eddie Mathews (left) Hank Aaron hit 863 home runs (Aaron 442, Mathews 421), moving ahead of the Yankees duo of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig as the all-time leaders in MLB history.

Most Home Runs Hit In Same Game By Teammates

Hank Aaron and Eddie Mathews of the Milwaukee (Boston, Atlanta) Braves hold the Major League record for most home runs hit in the same game while teammates… with 75. Next in line are the New York Yankees’ teammates Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig…who walloped 73. The San Francisco (New York) Giants’ teammates, Willie Mays and […]

Joe DiMaggio on the cover of Sports Illustrated, May 3, 1993.

Strikeout To Home Run Ratio

Joe DiMaggio has one of the most noteworthy records in the history of baseball. He has the best strikeout to home run ratio of anyone with over 250 home runs. The Yankee Clipper slugged 361 home runs and only struck out 369 times. That is an astounding ratio of 1.02. The closest to him is […]

Joss' career record of a 0.97 WHIP (walks plus hits per innings pitched) is the best in baseball history.

Addie Joss: Standard of Excellence

Addie Joss starred for the American League’s Cleveland franchise in the earlier part of the 20th century (1902-1910). Cleveland’s team name eventually became the Indians, and featured great players such as second baseman Nap Lajoie, left fielder “Shoeless Joe” Jackson and center fielder Tris Speaker. At about the dawn of the 1900s, a young man […]

Former Indians and Yankees infielder Joe Sewell's record of three strikeouts in 1932 are the fewest ever for a full season in MLB history.

Hardest To Strike Out

Joe Sewell has the career record for hardest-to-strike-out (minimum 1,000 games). It took 62.6 at bats to strike out Sewell, meaning he only struck out 114 times in 7,132 ABs. Between 1925 and 1933, Sewell K’d less than 10 times per season. No one else is Major League Baseball history is even close.     […]

Texas native Tris Speaker batted .300 or better for 18 seasons and was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1937.

All-Time Doubles Leader

Tris Speaker holds the record for most seasons with at least 40 doubles with 10. In fact, he is the all-time Major League Baseball doubles leaders with 792 in his career. Only Speaker and Craig Biggio have collected 50 doubles and 50 stolen bases in the same season.