Most RBIs In A Season By A Rookie

Ted Williams

The record for most RBIs in a season by a rookie is held by the iconic Ted Williams (Red Sox) in 1939 with 145. Second on this list of rookie RBI seasons is another Red Sox player, Walt Dropo, who chalked up 144 RBIs in 1950. Only 4 other rookies have ever tallied over 100 […]


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 […]

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 […]

Most Consecutive Games Reaching Base

Ted Williams

Ted Williams, the greatest hitter ever, holds one of the most difficult records to break–a consecutive game on-base streak of 84, set in 1949. No one has really gotten close to breaking this one. Joe DiMaggio holds the 2nd place on this list with 74 consecutive games reaching base in 1941. And, 3rd place belongs […]

Season-high Runs Scored Since WWII

Williams and Bagwell

Since World War II, only Jeff Bagwell of the Houston Astros and Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox have had seasons of 150+ runs scored. In 2000, Bagwell scored 152 runs, the first time since 1949 that 150+ runs had been scored in a season. Ted Williams, in 1949, recorded 150 runs. The record […]

Strikeout To Home Run Ratio

Joe DiMaggio on the cover of Sports Illustrated, May 3, 1993.

Joe DiMaggio has one of the most noteworthy records in the history of baseball. He has the best strikeout to home run ratio of anyone with over 250 home runs. The Yankee Clipper slugged 361 home runs and only struck out 369 times. That is an astounding ratio of 1.02. The closest to him is […]

Career High On Base Percentages

Ted Williams with Mickey Mantle in 1959.

  Ted Williams holds the career record for On Base Percentage (minimum 5,000 plate appearances) with .482. Mickey Mantle holds the career record for OBP (minimum 5,000 PAs) for switch-hitters with .421. In case you’re wondering, the leader among active players, Todd Helton (over 7,000 PAs) has a career OBP of .419. As for switch-hitters, Lance […]

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 (1 to 14)

Honus Wagner

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 […]