Johnny Kling, a catcher with the Chicago Cubs and a member of several early 1900s Pennant and World Series teams was the first Major League player to record 12 consecutive hits. He accomplished this amazing feat in 1902. Two other hitters have equaled this mark. Pinky Higgins did it with the Boston Red Sox in […]
Tris Speaker is on most lists as one of the top 5 center fielders of all time. On many rankings, he is the top defensive center fielder, and he is generally evaluated as one of the top 6 position players ever. How did this sometime champion calf-roper achieve such a lofty status in baseball lore? […]
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. Honus 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 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 […]
Tris Speaker holds the record for most seasons with at least 40 doubles with 10. In fact, he is the all-time Major League Baseball doubles leaders with 792 in his career. Only Speaker and Craig Biggio have collected 50 doubles and 50 stolen bases in the same season.
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 […]
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 […]