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 […]

Over 100 RBIs With No Home Runs

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Since 1900, only one player has ever knocked in 100+ runs without hitting a home run. The brilliant third baseman Lave Cross, while playing with the Philadelphia Athletics in 1902, tallied 108 RBIs without hitting a single round-tripper. However, the record belongs to Hall of Fame short stop Hughie Jennings. In 1896, Jennings knocked in […]

Most Inside-The-Park Homers

Jesse "The Crab" Burkett of St. Louis at South Side Park in 1903.

Hall of Famer Jesse Burkett holds the top career spot for most inside-the-park homers with 55. Next is Sam Crawford with 52, followed by Ty Cobb and Tommy Leach with 49 each.┬áHonus Wagner, generally considered the best all-around player of the first quarter of the 20th century, is next with 43, followed by the superb […]

Addie Joss: Standard of Excellence

Joss' career record of a 0.97 WHIP (walks plus hits per innings pitched) is the best in baseball history.

Addie Joss starred for the American League’s Cleveland franchise in the earlier part of the 20th century (1902-1910). Cleveland’s team name eventually became the Indians, and featured great players such as second baseman Nap Lajoie, left fielder “Shoeless Joe” Jackson and center fielder Tris Speaker. At about the dawn of the 1900s, a young man […]

Wahoo Sam Crawford

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Ty Cobb (left), “Shoeless Joe” Jackson (center) and Sam Crawford in 1912. Crawford, known as “Wahoo Sam” (he was from Wahoo, Nebraska), holds the career record for triples with 309. He was a line drive hitter with excellent base-running skills.