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Babe Ruth and baseball’s most famous bellyache

Babe Ruth and baseball’s most famous bellyache
November 29, 2012 1 Comment »

Even in the 1920s before the advent of cable news channels and social media, when you were the most famous athlete in America, your health was front page headlines. Over the winter months of 1924-1925, Babe Ruth – possibly the ... Read More »

The Hall of Fame Case for Bucky Walters

The Hall of Fame Case for Bucky Walters
November 27, 2012 No Comments »

This is the sixth in a ten-part series looking at the Baseball Hall of Fame’s Pre-Integration Era Ballot. When factoring pitching, fielding, hitting, and baserunning, Bucky Walters was probably the best athlete to toe the rubber during his era, and ... Read More »

The Hall of Fame case for Sam Breadon

The Hall of Fame case for Sam Breadon
November 21, 2012 2 Comments »

This is the fifth in a ten-part series looking at the Baseball Hall of Fame’s Pre-Integration Era Ballot. Some people see trends long before others even know what’s going on. That was the genius of Sam Breadon, who made millions ... Read More »

The Hall of Fame case for shortstop Marty Marion

The Hall of Fame case for shortstop Marty Marion
November 19, 2012 3 Comments »

This is the fourth in a ten-part series looking at the Baseball Hall of Fame’s Pre-Integration Era Ballot. If it hadn’t been for a sense of loyalty to one of his best friends in high school, Marty Marion probably never ... Read More »

The Hall of Fame case for 19th century shortstop Bill Dahlen

The Hall of Fame case for 19th century shortstop Bill Dahlen
November 16, 2012 3 Comments »

This is the third in a ten-part series looking at the Baseball Hall of Fame’s Pre-Integration Era Ballot. Baseball was a much different game 100 years ago, but the stars of that era and the 19th century are no less ... Read More »

O’Doul’s exclusion from Hall of Fame ballot is a mistake

O’Doul’s exclusion from Hall of Fame ballot is a mistake
November 13, 2012 14 Comments »

Next month in Nashville, the National Baseball Hall of Fame will announce the results of voting for the Pre-Integration Era ballot. Ten candidates are on the ballot, which was selected by an 11-person panel of baseball historians. Those historians dropped ... Read More »

The Hall of Fame case for umpire Hank O’Day

The Hall of Fame case for umpire Hank O’Day
November 13, 2012 1 Comment »

This is the second in a ten-part series looking at the Baseball Hall of Fame’s Pre-Integration Era Ballot. There are currently nine umpires enshrined in the National Baseball Hall of Fame, a perfect baseball number. But with his name on ... Read More »

The Hall of Fame case for Wes Ferrell

The Hall of Fame case for Wes Ferrell
November 12, 2012 5 Comments »

This is the first in a ten-part series looking at the Baseball Hall of Fame’s Pre-Integration Era Ballot. When he was at his peak, Wes Ferrell was one of the best right-handed pitchers in the game, and there was never ... Read More »

Luzinski hit a home run that clanged off the Liberty Bell

Luzinski hit a home run that clanged off the Liberty Bell
October 31, 2012 1 Comment »

Sparky Anderson made many predictions over the course of his career. He was famous for hyperbole – a fancy word for spreading bull. But it was no bull what Sparky once said about The Bull, Greg Luzinski of the Philadelphia ... Read More »

Tony Pena still making his mother proud

Tony Pena still making his mother proud
October 31, 2012 No Comments »

When Tony Pena was a boy growing up in the Dominican Republic, playing baseball for money was a pipe dream. It was the stuff of fantasy. Tony was naive enough to entertain that fantasy, dreaming of being like Manny Sanguillen ... Read More »