All posts by Dan Holmes

Was Ed Delahanty murdered?

Was Ed Delahanty murdered?
September 6, 2017 No Comments »

Ed Delahanty’s success on the diamond obscured a troubled personal life marred by gambling and booze. His debts frequently mounted to the point that “Big Ed” would threaten suicide in the hopes that his teammates would bail him out; at ... Read More »

Baseball’s Pudgy Pitchers: Long before Big Sexy there was Fat Freddie

Baseball’s Pudgy Pitchers: Long before Big Sexy there was Fat Freddie
September 6, 2017 No Comments »

Long before Bartolo Colon was turning heads with his wide ass, soft belly, and large frame, there were other “big-boned” pitchers in baseball. One of the best was Freddie Fitzsimmons, who, like “Big Sexy,” won more than 200 games in ... Read More »

The Hall of Fame case for Cecil Travis

The Hall of Fame case for Cecil Travis
September 6, 2017 No Comments »

Cecil Travis spent nearly four years serving in World War II and came back with injured feet after they had froze in the Battle of the Bulge. That unfortunate experience may have cost Cecil Travis a chance at the Hall ... Read More »

The 20 Greatest Dodgers of all-time according to WAR

The 20 Greatest Dodgers of all-time according to WAR
August 10, 2017 1 Comment »

This is the third installment of my “Top 20” series, looking at the top players for a specific franchise based solely on Wins Above Replacement. Quibble if you will about advanced statistical methods, but WAR is a handy way to ... Read More »

A Complete History of Batting Stances

A Complete History of Batting Stances
July 13, 2017 No Comments »

If there’s a baseball bat around it’s hard to resist picking it up and taking a stance. We’ve all done it. Some of us who played baseball had our own stance, possibly fashioned after our baseball heroes. Some of us ... Read More »

The 20 Greatest Phillies of all-time according to WAR

The 20 Greatest Phillies of all-time according to WAR
April 12, 2017 4 Comments »

A few years ago I penned a list article about the New York Yankees top players ranked according to WAR (Wins Above Replacement). I stated at the time that I know very little about how WAR evaluates players. I still ... Read More »

VIDEO: Disco Demoliton Night at Comiskey Park in 1979

VIDEO: Disco Demoliton Night at Comiskey Park in 1979
February 14, 2017 No Comments »

There’s never been anything quite like it. Between games of a doubleheader on July 12, 1979, the Chicago White Sox, led by promoter extraordinaire Mike Veeck, asked a local disc jockey to blow up disco records in center field. What could ... Read More »

VIDEO: Tommy Lasorda fights the Philly Phanatic

VIDEO: Tommy Lasorda fights the Philly Phanatic
February 14, 2017 No Comments »

Throughout his Hall of Fame career, manager Tommy Lasorda was a colorful character, known for entertaining fans and the media. In this clip from the early 1980s, Lasorda tussles with the mascot of the Philadelphia Phillies, a fuzzy green fella ... Read More »

VIDEO: Don Baylor’s two-run homer in ninth inning in Game Five of 1986 ALCS

VIDEO: Don Baylor’s two-run homer in ninth inning in Game Five of 1986 ALCS
February 14, 2017 No Comments »

Most people remember Dave Henderson’s home run in the top of the ninth inning of Game Five of the 1986 American League Championship Series for the Boston Red Sox. The homer tied the game and kept the Angels from winning ... Read More »