All posts by Dan Holmes

Remembering Eddie Grant, who died in World War I after playing under John McGraw

Remembering Eddie Grant, who died in World War I after playing under John McGraw
September 18, 2017 No Comments »

There was always something unusual about Eddie Grant, but he was comfortable with that. He didn’t mind being different. In a brief life that stretched only 35 years and a few months, Grant accomplished many things: scholar, athlete, lawyer, soldier. ... Read More »

Bob Gibson was the best postseason pitcher in baseball history

Bob Gibson was the best postseason pitcher in baseball history
September 8, 2017 No Comments »

The greatest big-game pitcher of his era, Bob Gibson may have been the best big-game pitcher of all-time. His teammates, who benefited by winning two World Series winners’ paychecks as a result of his legendary performances, would certainly agree. Gibson ... Read More »

Who was better: Ryne Sandberg or Lou Whitaker?

Who was better: Ryne Sandberg or Lou Whitaker?
September 8, 2017 12 Comments »

When his name first appeared on a Hall of Fame ballot in 2003, Ryne Sandberg received 244 votes, or just below 50%. In 2004, the former Cubs’ second baseman vaulted to 309 votes. He was elected to the Hall of ... Read More »

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 »