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For four years, I’ve asked the same question here: Who are the 50 best baseball players not in the Hall of Fame? It’s not 50 players who need to be enshrined tomorrow or ever, necessarily, just the 50 best not enshrined. As founder and editor of this website, it’s my pleasure to present the latest […]

Voting deadline for my project is extended

Posted: 22nd December 2013 by Graham Womack in Baseball Hall of Fame

Just a quick note to say I’ve decided to extend the voting deadline in my project on the 50 best baseball players not in the Hall of Fame to this Saturday, December 28 at noon PST. I realized between work and the holidays, I wasn’t going to do much on the project before then. As […]

On December 2, I kicked off voting for my annual project on the 50 best baseball players not in the Hall of Fame. Due to a WordPress glitch, several posts on my site were destroyed including my call for votes. If you’ve already voted in my project: 1) Thank you; and 2) Your votes are safe […]

Technical issues

Posted: 6th December 2013 by Graham Womack in Uncategorized

As some of you may have noticed, my website crashed this week and several posts are now missing including my post from Monday that kicked off voting for my annual project on the 50 best baseball players not in the Hall of Fame. I apologize for any inconvenience. To those of you who’ve voted thus […]

Why there may never be a unanimous Hall of Famer

Posted: 24th September 2013 by Graham Womack in Baseball Hall of Fame

Last year, I asked readers to vote on an inner circle for the Hall of Fame. I’ve run a few voter-driven projects, and while I enjoy getting to look at everyone’s ballot, it’s generally the same story. I doubt any two ballots are alike. Voters use a variety of rationales. And most every ballot has […]

Does he belong in the Hall of Fame? Dick Groat

Posted: 21st September 2013 by Graham Womack in Dick Groat

Claim to fame: Dick Groat and the question of his Hall of Fame worthiness has popped up twice on this website in recent months. First came a comment at my annual project on the 50 best players not in the Hall of Fame. Someone wrote: Bobby Grich (6x-AS, .266 avg.) Dick Groat (8x AS, 1960 MVP, […]

Notes from the 19th annual Pacific Coast League reunion

Posted: 25th August 2013 by Graham Womack in MLB

Rugger Ardizoia didn’t know he was the oldest living New York Yankee until a few days ago. It’s probably fitting. Though the 93-year-old San Francisco resident still keeps his team identification card in his wallet, he comes across soft-spoken and reserved, not one to boast about his past or demand attention for it. It’s probably appropriate […]

My personal Hall of Fame: The inaugural class

Posted: 19th August 2013 by Graham Womack in Baseball Hall of Fame

Months ago, a friend asked me to make a personal Hall of Fame for a project he’s doing. It sounded like a fun idea. The Hall of Fame has been a topic of frequent discussion here in the past, and I annually do a project on the 50 best players not in Cooperstown. Off the […]

Any player/Any era: Mickey Mantle

Posted: 30th July 2013 by Graham Womack in Mickey Mantle

What he did: There’s a Mickey Mantle stat I’m drawn to, and it’s not something that jumps out like the 536 lifetime home runs or 565-foot bomb he hit at Griffith Stadium in 1953. Early in his Hall of Fame career, Mantle was known for his speed, with him being one of the fastest players in […]

An interview with Sean Forman

Posted: 18th June 2013 by Graham Womack in MLB, Sean Forman

I joke sometimes that if I were ever marooned on a desert island and could bring one thing, I might take Baseball-Reference.com with me. The world’s greatest baseball website has enough content to keep a hardened fan or researcher occupied for months if not years. I’ve certainly killed weekends on it. I was lucky enough […]