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 […]

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

Tris-Speaker-620

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 […]

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 […]

Cardinals Win World Series 2011: Freese MVP

World Series 2011 MVP David Freese recorded hits in 8 of the final 9 regular-season games, setting the table for his phenomenal postseason performance.

The St. Louis Cardinals are the World Series 2011 Champions. And, the kid who grew up in St. Louis rooting for the Redbirds was named MVP of the Series. David Freese capped off the MLB championships by knocking in 2 more runs (for a MLB record of  21 postseason RBIs) to help the Cards defeat […]

World Series 2011 Game Five: Napoli-onic

mike-napoli-game5

On Monday, October 24th, the World Series 2011 offered up a scintillating pitching match-up, a repeat of game 1. The 2 aces of their respective staffs, Chris Carpenter for the St. Louis Cardinals and C. J. Wilson for the Texas Rangers baseball club hooked up for what promised to be a nail-biter! Neither pitcher disappointed. […]

World Series 2011 Game Four: The Holland-Napoli Show

In 2009, Derek "The Dutch Oven" Holland was rated the #2 prospect in the organization according to Baseball America, behind Neftali Feliz.

It has been said that the only pitcher who can defeat Derek Holland is… Derek Holland. That comment is based on his erratic command. In game 4 of the World Series 2011, the MLB championships produced a gem of a pitching performance. Holland pitched the Texas Rangers baseball club right back into contention with a […]

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 […]