Archive for July, 2010

Double the fun: Early Wynn and his late 300th victory

Posted: 31st July 2010 by Joe Guzzardi in MLB

Regular contributor Joe Guzzardi recently began penning Double the fun, which looks at a famous doubleheader every Saturday. Today, Joe examines when a pitcher reached a career milestone during a sparsely-attended doubleheader. __________________ When the Cleveland Indians’ Early Wynn took the mound to pitch the second game of a doubleheader against the Kansas City Athletics […]

The 10 Most Underrated Baseball Players of All-Time

Posted: 30th July 2010 by Graham Womack in MLB

Roberto Clemente: Almost criminally underrated and had he not died heroically in a plane crash in 1972, he’d be even less remembered. Despite amassing 3,000 hits, doing his best work at the plate in the 1960s when pitchers reigned supreme, and also being an outstanding right fielder, Clemente was not included in recent books I […]

Any player/Any era: Nate Colbert

Posted: 29th July 2010 by Graham Womack in Nate Colbert

What he did: Colbert hit 173 home runs in a 10-year career and was often the best player on historically bad teams. In perhaps his best season in 1972, Colbert had 38 home runs and 111 RBI for a San Diego Padres club that was a National League worst 58-95. Those Padres hit .227 as […]

I am pleased to present a first-ever point-counterpoint here. Joe Guzzardi, a regular Wednesday and Saturday contributor, proposes a cap on Hall of Fame membership. I have other views. Thus, we are each taking a side. Pro I have a proposal that makes the Baseball Hall of Fame annual voting more interesting and would make […]

Does he belong in the Hall of Fame? Bert Blyleven

Posted: 27th July 2010 by Graham Womack in Bert Blyleven

Claim to fame: Blyleven finished with 3,701 strikeouts, 287 wins and 60 shutouts, ninth-best in baseball history. I named Blyleven one of the 10 best players not in the Hall of Fame and included him in a poll of players yet to be enshrined. As of this writing, Blyleven is the only player with more […]

A visit to the boneyard

Posted: 26th July 2010 by Graham Womack in Uncategorized

I grew up in Sacramento, not far from the Old City Cemetery and a parking lot across the street where a Pacific Coast League ballpark once stood. Both places have long since stoked my imagination, so I was excited to hear the local chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research would be sponsoring a […]

Double the fun: How to pitch a no-hitter– and lose

Posted: 24th July 2010 by Joe Guzzardi in MLB

I’m pleased to present a guest post from Joe Guzzardi, a regular Wednesday and Saturday contributor here. Joe recently began writing Double the fun, which looks at a famous doubleheader each Saturday, and today, he examines the only time the following has happened in baseball history: a combined no-hitter, in a doubleheader, that ended in […]

New stat: Runs Accounted For – RAF

Posted: 23rd July 2010 by Graham Womack in MLB

Here’s a trivia question question that may stump even the most ardent of baseball fans and historians: What’s an offensive feat measured over the course of a season that Wally Berger, Nate Colbert, and Sammy Sosa have accomplished and Lou Gehrig, Willie Mays, and other immortals have not? Answer: Colbert, Berger, and Sosa are among […]

Any player/Any era: Josh Hamilton

Posted: 22nd July 2010 by Graham Womack in Josh Hamilton

What he did: Lots of fans may know the story of Josh Hamilton, the 1999 No. 1 overall draft pick who spent many years out of baseball battling drug addiction before getting clean, returning to the game, and emerging as a legitimate Triple Crown threat for the Texas Rangers. What may get forgotten, amidst Hamilton’s […]

A treasure map for the Pirates

Posted: 21st July 2010 by Joe Guzzardi in MLB

I’m pleased to present a guest column from Joe Guzzardi, a Wednesday and Saturday contributor here. Today, he looks at the famous struggles of his hometown team. _________________ Here’s the problem for the Pittsburgh Pirates, the team I’ve supported for more than half a century. The Bucs, who once inspired, are closing in on their […]