History

These World Series champions may never have a Hall of Fame player

These World Series champions may never have a Hall of Fame player
December 18, 2017 No Comments »

Now that Jack Morris and Alan Trammell have been elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame, the 1984 Tigers have two members so enshrined. That takes care of one of the greatest single-season teams in baseball history, giving them representation ... Read More »

Wally Pipp was more than just a headache

Wally Pipp was more than just a headache
October 29, 2017 1 Comment »

Wally Pipp has been reduced to an answer to a trivia question. He’s a footnote on the career of a great player. But Pipp deserved better: he was an excellent ballplayer who simply happened to have a headache at the ... Read More »

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 »

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 »

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 »

Free agency is the best thing that’s ever happened to baseball

Free agency is the best thing that’s ever happened to baseball
February 13, 2017 No Comments »

Want a reason that Marvin Miller should immediately be elected to the Baseball Hall of Fame? It’s the best rule change in the history of baseball. It’s called free agency. Because of free agency, something that no one other than ... Read More »

Did Harold Baines come within a whisker of the Hall of Fame?

Did Harold Baines come within a whisker of the Hall of Fame?
February 12, 2017 No Comments »

Harold Baines was on the Hall of Fame ballot for five years, never receiving as many as 50 votes. When he dipped below five percent in 2011, he fell off the ballot. Seems like the baseball writers never felt he ... Read More »

Joe Mauer, Buster Posey, and the Hall of Fame

Joe Mauer, Buster Posey, and the Hall of Fame
February 7, 2017 No Comments »

Joe Mauer hasn’t squatted behind the plate since 2013. But he’ll still be a Hall of Fame catcher someday. Won’t he? The popular Twin, a humble hometown kid, won three batting titles in his first six seasons. He won the Most ... Read More »