Archive for November, 2011

Bill Madlock: Is He One of the 50 Best Not in the Hall?

Posted: 30th November 2011 by Joe Guzzardi in MLB

Of the eleven players who won four or more batting titles, only Bill Madlock isn’t in the Hall of Fame. (The other ten are listed at the end of my column; try to name them before looking. Note: some spoilers in the text.) Does this mean that Mad Dog Madlock has been unjustly ignored? Or is the […]

Hall of Fame project: T-minus one week

Posted: 29th November 2011 by Graham Womack in Baseball Hall of Fame

Editor’s note: My weekly Tuesday column “Does he belong in the Hall of Fame?” will resume next week. __________________ It’s a little shy of midnight as I write these words. My cat’s curled up on my couch next to me, I’m flopped out myself, and for the last couple of hours, I’ve gotten very little […]

The All-Jewish All-Star Team

Posted: 28th November 2011 by Alex Putterman in Best of lists

Editor’s note: It is my pleasure to present the latest from Alex Putterman. With the recent National League Most Valuable Player Award being given to one of the players here, Alex’s piece seems very apropos. _________________ When I was playing, I used to resent being singled out as a Jewish ballplayer. I wanted to be […]

The Emperor Has No Clothes

Posted: 27th November 2011 by Doug Bird in MLB

Okay, okay.  I’m happy that baseball has signed a new agreement and there will be no strike for the next five years.  I get it.  I remember the previous strikes and no baseball definitely equaled no fun.  But someone has to stop this maniac who presides over Major League Baseball.  Someone has to shout from […]

Any player/Any era: Ollie Carnegie

Posted: 24th November 2011 by Graham Womack in Ollie Carnegie

What he did: Thanksgiving is a time to be thankful, to have gratitude. So what might Ollie Carnegie have been grateful for? Carnegie is perhaps the best American baseball player never to appear in the majors, one of a small group of players who carved out a good, long career exclusively in the high minors. […]

Thanksgiving, Turkey Reds and Mordecai “Three Finger” Brown

Posted: 23rd November 2011 by Joe Guzzardi in MLB

What better season to talk about the magnificent T-3 Turkey Reds baseball card set than Thanksgiving? Collectors argue about which among the Turkey Reds, the T-206 or the Topps 1952 sets is most stunning. I’ve seen examples of all three cards side-by-side-by and it’s hard to choose against Turkey Reds. In terms of their art work, both […]

Does he belong in the Hall of Fame? Bill King

Posted: 22nd November 2011 by Graham Womack in Bill King

Claim to fame: King was a fixture on sports broadcasts in the San Francisco Bay Area and beyond for four decades. The voice of the Oakland A’s from 1981 until his death in 2005, King did a bit of everything well, also calling Warriors games from 1962 until 1983 and Raider games from 1966 until 1992. […]

Another day, another guest post

Posted: 21st November 2011 by Graham Womack in MLB

Editor’s note: This week’s edition of “Does he belong in the Hall of Fame?” will be posted sometime this afternoon or evening. _________________ I am making the rounds. In the interest of promoting our project on the 50 best players not in the Hall of Fame and also in the interest of writing for some […]

Sal “The Barber” Maglie: A Baseball Legend

Posted: 21st November 2011 by George & Dr. V.E. Haloulakos in MLB

Editor’s note: It is my pleasure to present another research paper from George Haloulakos. George and his father Vassilios contributed an outstanding paper last month on Don Drysdale and Sandy Koufax. This paper, written solely by George Haloulakos, concerns one of the mentors for Drysdale and Koufax. And Sal Maglie accomplished plenty in his own […]

Manager Wanted: Little or No Experience Wanted

Posted: 20th November 2011 by Doug Bird in MLB

I am disappointed I missed the ad in all the major newspapers and baseball trade papers. It must have read something like this: The St. Louis Cardinals and Chicago White Sox have a position open for team manager at the major league level.  No experience necessary at any level. First come, first served as the […]