Tris Speaker: The Grey Eagle

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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? […]

Shoeless Joe Jackson: The Natural

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If there was ever The Perfect Swing it was created by Shoeless Joe. It was described as “elegant” and “balletic”–a “natural” swing. And, it produced some of the most amazing numbers in the game. In 1910, Shoeless Joe Jackson was traded to the American League’s Cleveland franchise. It was the beginning of an astounding eleven […]

The Greatest Cooperstown Find: Olbermann on Mathewson

Christopher "Big Six" Mathewson was part of the famous "First Five" inductees voted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1936. The others were Walter Johnson, Babe Ruth, Ty Cobb and Honus Wagner. Keith Olbermann is an American journalist and baseball fanatic / historian.

I was checking a source this week on a baseball story and came across Keith Olbermann’s August 5th, 2009, MLBlogs Network story on “The Greatest Cooperstown Find,” part of his Baseball Nerd presentations on MLB.com. Keith Olbermann is now with Current TV, and is one of America’s most brilliant and provocative journalists. He is also […]

History of Baseball: Greatest Players of All-Time Series (40-53)

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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 […]

Cardinals Win World Series 2011: Freese MVP

World Series 2011 MVP David Freese recorded hits in 8 of the final 9 regular-season games, setting the table for his phenomenal postseason performance.

The St. Louis Cardinals are the World Series 2011 Champions. And, the kid who grew up in St. Louis rooting for the Redbirds was named MVP of the Series. David Freese capped off the MLB championships by knocking in 2 more runs (for a MLB record of  21 postseason RBIs) to help the Cards defeat […]

World Series 2011 Game Six: Cards Freese Rangers In Thriller

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Third baseman David Freese of the St. Louis Cardinals may not have the credentials of his teammate, Albert Pujols, or the Rangers’ Josh Hamilton, but he is rapidly approaching cult status among the Busch Stadium faithful! Freese, the “Big Chill,” blasted a walk-off home run in the bottom of the 11th inning to send the […]

World Series 2011 Game Five: Napoli-onic

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On Monday, October 24th, the World Series 2011 offered up a scintillating pitching match-up, a repeat of game 1. The 2 aces of their respective staffs, Chris Carpenter for the St. Louis Cardinals and C. J. Wilson for the Texas Rangers baseball club hooked up for what promised to be a nail-biter! Neither pitcher disappointed. […]

World Series 2011 Game Four: The Holland-Napoli Show

In 2009, Derek "The Dutch Oven" Holland was rated the #2 prospect in the organization according to Baseball America, behind Neftali Feliz.

It has been said that the only pitcher who can defeat Derek Holland is… Derek Holland. That comment is based on his erratic command. In game 4 of the World Series 2011, the MLB championships produced a gem of a pitching performance. Holland pitched the Texas Rangers baseball club right back into contention with a […]

World Series 2011 Game Three: Long Live The King

When Albert led the Cardinals in batting average, home runs and RBIs in 2001, he became the first St. Louis rookie to top the team in all three categories since Rogers Hornsby in 1916.

On Saturday, October 22nd, “King Albert” Pujols stopped by the Ballpark in Arlington on his way to Cooperstown. He decided to show the fans why he has no equal in the game today–5 hits, 3 homeruns, 6 RBI’s, and 4 runs! Game 3 of the World Series 2011 almost made a mockery of the MLB […]

World Series 2011: Did You Know…

Since the World Series era began in 1903, only Craig and Dusty Rhodes of the '54 New York Giants, have RBI'd in three consecutive postseason games as pinch-hitters.

If the first 2 games are any indication, we are in for a lot of excitement in the World Series 2011! Did you know that Allen Craig for the Cardinals is the first player to have a pair of pinch-hit RBIs in the same World Series since the Los Angeles Dodgers’ Jay Johnstone in 1981? […]