Masaichi Kaneda: The Emperor

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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 […]

Most Home Runs Hit In Same Game By Teammates

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.

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 […]

Career High Slugging Percentage and OPS

George Herman "Babe" Ruth at Seattle’s Dugdale Park, October 19, 1924. (Source: Seattlepi.com file/MOHAI)

Babe Ruth holds the career record for Slugging Percentage with .690*. He also holds the career record for On Base plus Slugging Percentage with 1.164*. The leader in both categories among active MLB leaders at the time of this post? Albert Pujols (SLG .610 & OPS 1.027). *minimum 5,000 plate appearances    

Eiji Sawamura: The First Great Japanese Pitcher

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I first heard the legend of Eiji Sawamura when I was in elementary school. My Japanese friends in our neighborhood, and their fathers and grandfathers, told me about how he had struck out Ruth, Gehrig, Gehringer and Foxx… in order. My father confirmed the story, and filled in the missing parts of the legend. It seemed hard […]

The Greatest Cooperstown Find: Olbermann on Mathewson

Christopher "Big Six" Mathewson was part of the famous "First Five" inductees voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936. The others were Walter Johnson, Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb and Honus Wagner. Keith Olbermann is an American journalist and baseball fanatic / historian.

I was checking a source this week on a baseball story and came across Keith Olbermann’s August 5th, 2009, MLBlogs Network story on “The Greatest Cooperstown Find,” part of his Baseball Nerd presentations on MLB.com. Keith Olbermann is now with Current TV, and is one of America’s most brilliant and provocative journalists. He is also […]

The Greatest Players: Total Offense #1 through #45

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This post ranks the 45 greatest players in the history of baseball based on their offensive performance. Forty of the players are described in previous posts covering Total Player Ratings; here, here, here and here. Five players not mentioned in those posts are described in further detail below.   #44 (two players are tied) Roger […]

History of Baseball: Greatest Players of All-Time Series (1 to 14)

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The following post is part of an ongoing series taken from Paul Gillespie’s book, ALL-TIME GREATS OF BASEBALL: My Top Picks At Each Position. These lists include the greatest offensive and defensive players in the history of baseball, extracted from a database Paul developed for the lifetime composite ratings and skill sets of players from […]

History of Baseball: The Greatest Players of All-time Series

Cy Williams (1887-1974) was one of only three players born before 1900 to hit 200 homers in his career (Babe Ruth and Rogers Hornsby are the other two).

The philosopher Jacques Barzun had it right. He pointed out the necessity of learning baseball if one was to understand the essence of American culture. My grandfather once said that when America is excavated by archaeologists two thousand years in the future, it will be known for three main contributions to civilization… our form of […]

World Series 2011 Game Three: Long Live The King

When Albert led the Cardinals in batting average, home runs and RBIs in 2001, he became the first St. Louis rookie to top the team in all three categories since Rogers Hornsby in 1916.

On Saturday, October 22nd, “King Albert” Pujols stopped by the Ballpark in Arlington on his way to Cooperstown. He decided to show the fans why he has no equal in the game today–5 hits, 3 homeruns, 6 RBI’s, and 4 runs! Game 3 of the World Series 2011 almost made a mockery of the MLB […]

MLB Championships: Cards Stack Deck–Put Brewers Into Deep Freese

David Freese goes deep early in Game 6 of the NLCS.

On Sunday, October 16th, the Cards shuffled a near perfect deck, securing their 18th National League pennant. The MLB championships are well represented with the battle-tested St. Louis crew and the very deep Texas Rangers baseball club. The Cardinals “upset” the Milwaukee Brewers with a combination of timely hitting, clutch relief pitching and the brilliant […]