Single Season Outfield Assist Record

Chuck Klein

Chuck Klein, the strong-throwing right fielder for the Philadelphia Phillies, has the Major League record for assists by an outfielder in a single season (since 1893, the beginning of “modern-day” professional baseball). In 1930, Klein was credited with 44 assists from the outfield. The only outfielder with 50 assists in a season is the Chicago […]

David “Davy” Force: The Gold Glove

Davy Force

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 […]

Monte Ward: Leader, Scholar and Athlete

Monte Ward

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, […]

Big Sam Thompson: The First Great Clutch Hitter

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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 […]

The Best Defensive Second Basemen Of All Time

Best Defensive Second Basemen

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 […]

The Greatest Offensive Second Basemen

Rogers Hornsby, Sr. (1896-1963)

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 […]

Greatest Players of All-Time Series: The Second Basemen

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The following post is part of a Three Part presentation on the greatest second basemen of All-Time. Part One will rate the players by Total Player Rating; Part Two will cover the offense, and Part Three will list the best defensive players. “People ask me what I do in winter when there’s no baseball. I’ll […]