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 Extra Base Hits In A Season

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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 […]

Top RBI Seasons of All Time

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The top 3 RBI seasons are by the Chicago Cubs’ Hack Wilson in 1930 with 191, the New York Yankees’ Lou Gehrig in 1931 with 184, and the Detroit Tigers’ Hank Greenberg in 1937 with 183. Of the top 55 RBI seasons, only 2 are from the 19th century, and both years are by Hall […]

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 […]

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 […]

Greatest Players of All-Time Series: First Basemen by Total Offense

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The following post represents Part Two in a presentation on the best First Basemen in the history of baseball. This list covers the greatest offensive players at the position. Part Three will list the best defensive performers at First Base.   #15 (2 tied): Orlando Cepeda Orlando Cepeda played first base for the San Francisco […]

History of Baseball: First Major League Player Born in China

Harry-Kingman

One of my brother’s friends in New York recently asked him if he knew of any Major League baseball players that were born in China. As it turns out, there is one, and his story is indeed stranger than fiction. Henry Lees “Harry” Kingman played for the New York Yankees in 1914. Only a “cup […]

History of Baseball: Greatest Players Series–First Basemen

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The following post starts a three part presentation on the best First Basemen of All-Time. Part One will show Total Player Rating on the top 13. Part Two will cover the best offensive players at the position. And, Part Three will list the best defensive performers at First Base. Lou Gehrig, one of the great […]

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 […]