Archive for February, 2011

My 10 favorite baseball books

Posted: 28th February 2011 by Graham Womack in Book reviews

1. The Glory of Their Times by Lawrence Ritter: When this book was updated in 1985, a reviewer wrote, “This was the best baseball book published in 1966, it is the best baseball book of its kind now, and, if it is reissued in 10 years, it will be the best baseball book of 1995.” […]

Baseball topics I’m sick of

Posted: 27th February 2011 by Doug Bird in MLB

My last couple of columns have been feel good about baseball things. It was, as always, getting to be a long offseason and baseball withdrawal was setting in and getting the better of me. With the smell of another spring fast approaching, my thoughts tended to drift towards the nostalgic and naive times of my […]

An Unusual Alliance: Rogers Hornsby, Stan Lopata and Alex Cora

Posted: 26th February 2011 by Joe Guzzardi in MLB

In 1954 Stan “Stash” Lopata, the hard-hitting Philadelphia Philles’ catcher, was stuck in a prolonged slump. When the Phillies were in Cincinnati, Lopata’s teammate Johnny Wyrostek bumped into Rogers Hornsby, one of baseball’s most respected hitting experts as attested to by his .358 lifetime batting average and his .424 mark in 1924. Wyrostek had played parts […]

We’re going to do things a little different this week. Generally, I provide a brief intro and then link to some posts. My first link, however, requires some back story. A few weeks ago, I got an email from Daniel Greenia, a reader, occasional commenter, and voter in my project to find the 50 best […]

Any player/Any era: Ralph Kiner

Posted: 24th February 2011 by Graham Womack in Ralph Kiner

Editor’s note: For anyone who likes this column, be sure to check out my debut piece at The Hardball Times. What he did: Last week, I wrote how Mike Schmidt might have hit 600 home runs on the Pittsburgh Pirates of the 1920s and ’30s, playing in a better era for hitters. A reader suggested […]

Stan Musial, the Mexican League and $$$ Left on the Table

Posted: 23rd February 2011 by Joe Guzzardi in MLB

In my last post I lamented the ugly negotiations between Albert Pujols and his St. Louis Cardinals employers. The unpleasantness was interrupted for one day only when Cardinals great Stan Musial received his well deserved Presidential Medal of Freedom. I couldn’t help but wonder what Musial thinks of the salary goings-on given that they are […]

Does he belong in the Hall of Fame? Darrell Evans

Posted: 22nd February 2011 by Brendan Bingham in Darrell Evans

Claim to fame: Darrell Evans played for the Braves, Giants, and Tigers in his long and productive career. Although a ten year career can be sufficient for Hall of Fame consideration, not many Hall of Famers have had such short careers. A few played 12 years or less; most had careers in the 14 to […]

Editor’s note: Please welcome Maria Rainier, a freelance writer, baseball fan, and the first-ever female to guest post on this Web site. This is the rude awakening in which you learn that Abner Doubleday, the Santa Claus of baseball, did not invent baseball. Or, maybe not. Maybe you already know about the Doubleday myth. John […]

Some Baseball Events I’ve Never Experienced

Posted: 20th February 2011 by Doug Bird in MLB

Editor’s note: I think every fan has some version of a baseball bucket list. Here is Doug Bird’s. I’ve been a baseball fan (actually fanatic would be more accurate), all of my life but living in Canada has made it any easier, until the advent of the Internet and various television packages. Sure, there are […]

Turned Off by Pujols, the Cardinals and $$$

Posted: 19th February 2011 by Joe Guzzardi in MLB

The Albert Pujols-St. Louis Cardinals haggling is a massive turn off. All I need to do is hear “Pujols” or “St. Louis Cardinals,” and I change the channel. I’m not sure whether Pujols, his agent Dan Lozano, or the Cardinals truly understand what they refer to as “the market.” Since I worked on Wall Street […]