Most RBIs In A Season By A Rookie

Ted Williams

The record for most RBIs in a season by a rookie is held by the iconic Ted Williams (Red Sox) in 1939 with 145. Second on this list of rookie RBI seasons is another Red Sox player, Walt Dropo, who chalked up 144 RBIs in 1950. Only 4 other rookies have ever tallied over 100 […]

Most Total Bases In A Season By A Rookie

Most Total Bases In A Season By A Rookie

Hal Trosky and Tony Oliva both hold the Major League record for most total bases in a season by a rookie with 374. Trosky in 1934 with Cleveland and Oliva in 1964 with the Minnesota Twins. Joe DiMaggio tallied 367 bases in his rookie season with the Yankees in 1936. Nomar Garciaparra chalked up 365 […]

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 […]

Most Consecutive Games Reaching Base

Ted Williams

Ted Williams, the greatest hitter ever, holds one of the most difficult records to break–a consecutive game on-base streak of 84, set in 1949. No one has really gotten close to breaking this one. Joe DiMaggio holds the 2nd place on this list with 74 consecutive games reaching base in 1941. And, 3rd place belongs […]

Strikeout To Home Run Ratio

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

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 […]

The Greatest Players: Total Defense #1 through #16 (excluding catchers)

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This post ranks the 30 greatest players in the history of baseball based on their defensive performance (this list is for position players excluding catchers). Our defensive ratings include not only the ability to field and throw the ball, but also the players’ knowledge of the game, when and where to throw, positioning, the capability […]

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)

Honus Wagner

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: Greatest Players of All-Time Series (40-53)

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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 […]

Stephen J. Gould: The Singularity of DiMaggio’s Streak

Best known for his 56-game hitting streak (May 15–July 16, 1941) and his career with the New York Yankees, DiMaggio (left) was a three-time MVP winner and 13-time All-Star (the only player to be selected for the All-Star Game in every season he played). Gould (1941–2002) was an American paleontologist, evolutionary biologist, and historian of science. He was also one of the most influential and widely read writers of popular science of his generation.

Joe DiMaggio’s 56-game hitting streak is arguably the single most unattainable record in all of sports. I recall reading a treatise on the subject by another American icon, Stephen J. Gould (1941-2002), a few years ago. Gould was a well-known professor at Harvard University, an internationally recognized evolutionary theorist. He published dozens of books and […]