Five Homers In One Day

In 1972, Colbert had 111 RBI for the San Diego Padres (488 total team runs). He was the first Padre player to drive in over 100 runs and hit over 30 HRs in a season.

On August 1, 1972, Nathan “Nate” Colbert hit five home runs in a doubleheader against the Atlanta Braves (Retrosheet box scores for game 1 and 2) ending the day with 13 RBI. Stan Musial also hit 5 home runs in one day on May 2nd, 1954 against the New York Giants. Colbert and Musial are the only […]

History of Baseball: Greatest Players Series–First Basemen


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


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 (15 to 27)

Joseph Jefferson Jackson (1887–1951)

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 […]