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Halls of different Fame

January 31, 2011 | 1 Comment

My friend and occasional contributor here, Rory Paap got his first link from Rob Neyer of on Friday. Neyer had proposed a new addition to Cooperstown he called the Wing of Amazing, “for players who really don’t belong in the Hall of Fame because they weren’t good enough, but did some things that do […]

At the beginning of the 20th century, baseball was practiced in the style favored by New York Giants’ manager John McGraw: Play for the single run with a base hit, followed by the hit and run, a sacrifice or a stolen base. But by 1921, Babe Ruth was in his second season with the New […]

The only thing missing from this week’s link out is Mr. T or another reference to Rocky III. Bill Miller has posted the third installment of the series we’re doing for his blog on good players on awful teams. This week, Bill writes about Rusty Staub, the best thing going on the expansion Montreal Expos […]

What he did: I recently got an email from Brendan Bingham suggesting I write something on Denny McLain. Brendan wrote: Although Denny McLain’s 31 wins is part of the standard description of what made 1968 the “year of the pitcher,” the accomplishment perhaps had little to do with 1968. McLain had a great year, but it would have been […]

Although I never lived in Cincinnati, St. Louis, Boston or Milwaukee, one of my early baseball favorites was Big George Crowe, a first baseman for the Reds, Cardinals, and Braves. My first connection to Crowe, who died on January 18 at 89, came when I was a ten-year-old growing up in Los Angeles avidly collecting […]

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  • Written by Graham Womack