Archive for April, 2012

Any player/Any era: Matt Nokes

Posted: 26th April 2012 by Brendan Bingham in Matt Nokes

What he did: Playing for the 1987 Detroit Tigers, Matt Nokes batted .289, hit 32 home runs and made the All-Star team en route to finishing third in the AL Rookie of the Year voting. His career lasted through the 1995 season, but he would never again enjoy the kind of productivity he experienced as a rookie. He finished his […]

What really happened to “Big Ed” Delahanty the night he died?

Posted: 25th April 2012 by Joe Guzzardi in MLB

“Big Ed” Delahanty was the most successful of five siblings who played in the majors during the 1890s and into the early 20th Century. None of Delahanty’s brothers, Frank, Joe, Jim and Tom could match Ed’s prowess. But during the Deadball Era, no one else could either. From 1894 to 1896 Delahanty compiled astonishing batting […]

Does he belong in the Hall of Fame? Omar Vizquel

Posted: 24th April 2012 by Alex Putterman in MLB

Editor’s note: Please welcome the latest from Alex Putterman. ________________ Claim to fame: Today marks Omar Vizquel’s 45th birthday, and when better to discuss the Hall of Fame credentials of the second oldest player in Major League Baseball? Vizquel has certainly been around awhile. A Mariners rookie in 1989, the shortstop is now a Blue Jay, […]

Editor’s note: Please welcome Mike Denton to BPP. Mike donated $50 for 826 Valencia through the BPP All-Time Dream Project and was entitled to have me write 1,000 words on a subject of his choice. Mike elected to write something himself about his memories from going to Pacific Coast League games for the Sacramento Solons […]

Herb Kamm: A wonderful life

Posted: 20th April 2012 by Graham Womack in MLB

Peter Hartlaub of the San Francisco Chronicle donated $50 to the charity aspect of the BPP All-Time Dream Project. As such, he’s entitled to 1,000 words written by me on a topic of his choice, and I invite anyone who’d like a guaranteed post to donate a similar amount. In this case, Peter asked me […]

Any Player/Any Era: Ed Walsh

Posted: 19th April 2012 by Albert Lang in Any player/Any era
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What he did: If you’ve heard of Old Hoss Radbourn and marvel at his Baseball Reference page, Ed Walsh should be right up your alley. Walsh is one of baseball’s earliest greats, yet is often forgotten. Walsh began his career in earnest at 25 in 1906, by throwing 278.1 innings for the Chicago White Sox. […]

Editor’s note: It’s my pleasure to present the following piece by Stacey Gotsulias. Stacey is a senior MLB editor for and wrote the biography on Mike Schmidt for the BPP All-Time Dream Project. She also writes with blunt honesty about her battles with mental illness, and as we’ve gotten to be friends, I thought […]

Does he belong in the Hall of Fame? Sean Forman

Posted: 17th April 2012 by Graham Womack in Sean Forman

Claim to fame: I’ll preface this by saying I was planning to write a column on Sean Forman before he bailed me out of a jam this morning. I signed up about a month ago for a free 30-day trial of the Play Index, a nifty tool on Forman’s website that allows for the […]

To Make Room for Jackie, “Big” Ed Stevens Sold to Pittsburgh

Posted: 17th April 2012 by Joe Guzzardi in MLB

Here’s a little known chapter from the great Jackie Robinson’s baseball history. Robinson has a connection, albeit an indirect one, to the Pittsburgh Pirates. In 1947, when Robinson was called up to Brooklyn, “Big Ed” Stevens held down first base. Remember that Branch Rickey ordered field manager Leo Durocher (before he was suspended) to play […]

The BPP All-Time Dream Project

Posted: 15th April 2012 by Graham Womack in BPP All-Time Dream Project

As founder and editor of this website, it is my pleasure to present the results of the BPP All-Time Dream Project. Over the past two months, I conducted a project having people vote on nine-player all-time dream teams. The idea was for voters to pick a team to win a one-off, sandlot game, the ultimate […]