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 […]

Big Sam Thompson: The First Great Clutch Hitter

Big Sam Thompson Main

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 […]

Sliding Billy Hamilton: The First Great Run Producer

Sliding Bill Hamilton

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 […]

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

King Kelly

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 […]

Single Season Home Run Record By Pitchers

Wes Ferrell and Jimmie Foxx

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 […]

Tris Speaker: The Grey Eagle

Tris Speaker

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? […]

Most Extra Base Hits In A Season

Ruth and Gehrig

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 […]

Season-high Runs Scored Since WWII

Williams and Bagwell

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 […]

The Koshien Stadium Experience

Koshien Stadium

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 […]

Shoeless Joe Jackson: The Natural

Shoeless Joe Jackson Featured

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 […]