30-30 Club: The First Players

Ken Williams: 30-30 Club

Ken Williams, one of the best left fielders in history, played mostly on the St. Louis Browns–with stars such as pitcher Urban Shocker, outfielder Baby Doll Jacobson, and the eventual Hall of Fame first baseman George Sisler. Williams had an unusual combination of speed and power. In 1922, he knocked in 39 home runs and […]

Most Home Runs Hit In Same Game By Teammates

Between 1954 and 1966 Braves teammates Eddie Mathews (left) Hank Aaron hit 863 home runs (Aaron 442, Mathews 421), moving ahead of the Yankees duo of Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig as the all-time leaders in MLB history.

Hank Aaron and Eddie Mathews of the Milwaukee (Boston, Atlanta) Braves hold the Major League record for most home runs hit in the same game while teammates… with 75. Next in line are the New York Yankees’ teammates Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig…who walloped 73. The San Francisco (New York) Giants’ teammates, Willie Mays and […]

Isao Harimoto: The Greatest Hitter in Japanese Baseball History

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On a nice Spring afternoon in 1959, our father took us to see the Toei Flyers (now called the Nippon Ham Fighters… of Yu Darvish fame) play the Nankai Hawks at Namba Yakyujo, home of the Hawks in Osaka, Japan. The Flyers’ left fielder was an emerging rookie named Isao Harimoto, a left-hander who was […]

The Greatest Players: Total Offense #1 through #45

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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)

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The following post is part of an ongoing series taken from Paul Gillespie‚Äôs 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 […]