Christy Mathewson: The Christian Gentleman

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 […]

Incredible Base Stealers

Max Carey

Max Carey, fine outfielder for the Pittsburgh Pirates, in 1922, recorded a stolen base percentage of 96.2%, the only pre-1951 player to have a percentage of 92% or higher. That would make him the only one of 31 players to have a pre-1951 rating that high. In 1899, the Baltimore Orioles had a pair of […]

Amos Rusie: The Pitcher Who Changed the Game

Amos Rusie Cover

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 […]

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 […]

Greatest Offensive Third Basemen

John McGraw

The following is Part 2 in our series on the greatest third basemen of all time. This post will rank the top offensive third basemen.   #15 (tie-2): Judy Johnson was an All-Star level player on offense and defense. He anchored several championship teams in the Negro Leagues, such as the Hilldale Daisies and the […]

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? […]

Greatest Third Basemen Of All Time

Greatest Third Basemen Cover

The following is a Three Part presentation on the Greatest Third Basemen of All Time (be sure to scroll down for photos). Part One will list the top-rated players in reverse order by Total Player Rating; Part Two will highlight the offense, and Part Three will cover the best defensive players. “A guy who strikes […]