Archive for September, 2010

Any player/Any era: Bob Caruthers

Posted: 30th September 2010 by Graham Womack in Bob Caruthers

What he did: During a Baseball Think Factory forum discussion about my piece on Shoeless Joe Jackson last week, a member referenced Caruthers. The member wrote: I wish this guy would do Parisian Bob Caruthers. A modern World Series, before the expanded playoffs, would have suited him down to the ground; he could have been […]

Baseball’s Most Fortunate Player: Matt Capps

Posted: 29th September 2010 by Joe Guzzardi in MLB

Here’s the latest guest post from Joe Guzzardi, a regular Wednesday and Saturday contributor here. Today’s post centers on a notoriously terrible ball club. To any members of the Pittsburgh Pirates reading, Joe offers a prayer on how to get to another team and what happens when prayers are seemingly answered. ___________________ Exactly a year […]

Does he belong in the Hall of Fame? Joe Carter

Posted: 28th September 2010 by Graham Womack in Joe Carter

Claim to fame: Never someone with many dimensions to his game, Carter did one thing consistently well: hit for power. In a given year, he was generally good for 30 home runs and at least 100 RBI, on his way to 396 home runs in 16 seasons. The five-time All Star is perhaps best known […]

Great pennant races in San Francisco Giants history

Posted: 27th September 2010 by Graham Womack in MLB

I’m pleased to present a guest post by Rory Paap of Rory emailed me after reading my interview with Joe Posnanski and offered to write something. Being a fellow Giants fan, I asked Rory to compare this year’s contenders to a few Giants playoff teams. The post is longer than what’s typically here. Rory […]

Here’s the latest guest post from Joe Guzzardi. Every Saturday, Joe writes Double the fun, looking at a notable doubleheader in baseball history. Today, he writes about one that occurred near the end of a legendary hurler’s career. _______________ After the 1966 season ended, Sandy Koufax shocked the baseball world when he announced his retirement.  […]

Here’s the latest from Joe Guzzardi. Joe generally contributes guest posts Wednesday and Saturday, but due to personal circumstances is offering his first post on Friday this week. _____________________ One of the greatest challenges baseball historians face is evaluating the true accomplishments of the great Negro National League stars. Record keeping was sporadic. The games […]

Any player/Any era: Shoeless Joe Jackson

Posted: 23rd September 2010 by Graham Womack in Shoeless Joe

What he did: The man nicknamed Shoeless Joe is one of the all-time greats. Say what you will about his involvement in throwing the 1919 World Series, which cost him a spot in the Hall of Fame, but Jackson hit for average, fielded impeccably, and even ran the bases well, stealing at least 20 bases […]

Roy Halladay and others who won 20 games their first year in a new league

Posted: 22nd September 2010 by Graham Womack in MLB

[Editor's note: Joe Guzzardi's usual Wednesday guest post will appear on Friday this week.] Upon hearing news that Roy Halladay won his 20th game on Tuesday, I began to make a list. Halladay is the latest addition to a small club: pitchers who won 20 games their first year in a new league after playing […]

Does he belong in the Hall of Fame? Tim Raines

Posted: 21st September 2010 by Graham Womack in Tim Raines

Claim to fame: In the 1980s, Raines may have been the National League’s answer to Rickey Henderson. Raines led the league in stolen bases 1981-1984 and had 578 of his 808 career steals in the decade. He also made seven consecutive All Star teams and, together with Gary Carter, Andre Dawson, and others, helped make […]

Clash of the titans

Posted: 20th September 2010 by Graham Womack in Baseball Hall of Fame

For anyone who hasn’t seen it, this site was mentioned by Mike Lynch in an article at on Friday. Back in August, Bobby Aguilera posted a roster of good ballplayers not in the Hall of Fame. I responded with an opposing lineup and suggested a one-game playoff. Lynch used the Lineup Analysis Tool on […]