By Graham Womack

Who are the best players not in the Hall of Fame? How might Shoeless Joe Jackson have done if he played with Josh Hamilton on the Texas Rangers? How does baseball’s past connect with its present? These questions and more, Baseball: Past and Present explores every day.

This Web site began May 1, 2009 and has grown from the personal baseball blog of Graham Womack to a site with many contributors: historians, sabermetricians, and other writers. Currently, they provide original posts Monday through Saturday on a variety of topics, from material geared toward baseball researchers to posts for the most nostalgic of fans. Nothing is sacred or off-limits, and with baseball’s history dating officially to the 1840s and more than 17,000 men having played in the majors, each day here brings another interesting topic to tackle.

Here is the posting schedule:

  • Monday: Posts on general subjects, written by Graham Womack and occasional guest posters
  • Tuesday: Does he belong in the Hall of Fame?
  • Wednesday: A general post by Joe Guzzardi
  • Thursday: Any player/Any era
  • Friday: The Great Friday Linkout
  • Saturday: A general post by Joe Guzzardi

Thanks for visiting this site!


Graham Womack

Graham has written for and edited this site since its launch in May 2009. For the first year, it was his personal blog and has evolved into a space several writers contribute to.

A member of the Lefty O’Doul chapter of theĀ  Society for American Baseball Research as well as the Baseball Bloggers Alliance, Graham has a journalism degree from Cal Poly and has written for a variety of newspapers, magazines, and Web sites. As of the picture above, taken at SABR Day in January 2011 at AT&T Park in San Francisco, Graham is 27 and lives in the Bay Area.

Joe Guzzardi

Joe has been writing for this site since June 2010 and contributes two historical-themed posts per week. A member of the Forbes Field Chapter of the Society for American Baseball Research, Joe lives near Pittsburgh and frequently writes about the beleaguered Pirates. Having grown up in Los Angeles in the 1950s, he also frequently writes about the old Pacific Coast League and has noted the deaths of players he watched as a child.

  1. Matt N says:

    I am a 13 year old who started a baseball history blog for kids called Baseball with Matt (www.baseballwithmatt.blogspot.com). I really enjoy your site and was wondering if you would like to do a link exchange. I want to post your site under my cool links and was wondering if you would like you to do the same for my site. Thanks!!!

  2. Mike Walczak says:

    I found this site by accident. I have been a BB fan for close to 45 years. I have always loved stats. I created a list even before I found this website which I call the almost hall of fame where I listed the top 50 players not in the hall. I voted here with my names. Here are a few players who made my list:

    Dave Parker, Al Oliver, JR Richard, Don Mattingly, Steve Garvey, Dale Murphy, Dwight Evans, Don Gullett, Ted Simmons, Thirman Munson, Mickey Lolich, Luis Tiant. I watched all of these guys as a kid.

  3. Jim Prothero says:

    I’m doing research on the Pacific Coast League. My grandfather first played and then umpired for them. But the family knows little about the details. Would you happen to know where I could find out his dates and his team? His name was Francis “Red” McDonald.


    Jim Prothero

  4. Hi Jim, I know a few people who might know something. Let me put the word out to them.

  5. bobfinn says:

    You might be able to contact Dennis Snelling through his site. It’s all about the PCL. http://www.dennissnelling.com/oral-history

  6. William J. says:

    I did a quick search of the LA Times, and an umpire with that name pops up in a few articles. Unfortunately, it is behind a pay wall, but it might be worth subscribing to take a look.

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