Archive for the ‘Best of lists’ Category

Let’s get this out of the way: team wins are an imperfect way to measure managerial success. Throughout this series, we’ll look at different ways to ascertain a good manager. While many (from GM to utility infielder) have a hand in a win, certainly managers who stuck around long enough to manage teams that won […]

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 20 greatest World Series events

Posted: 18th October 2011 by Graham Womack in Best of lists

1. Carlton Fisk waves it fair: Game 6 of 1975 featured enough moments to fill a list in itself, from a pinch hit home run by Bernie Carbo that tied it for Boston in the eighth inning to a catch by Dwight Evans that saved a home run in the eleventh. But it’s Fisk’s home run […]

The All-Time World Series Roster

Posted: 17th October 2011 by Alex Putterman in Best of lists

Editor’s note: Please welcome the latest from Alex Putterman. Babe Ruth accomplished quite a bit in the Major Leagues, to say the least. The game’s first—and arguably greatest—power hitter batted .342 during his career with 714 lifetime home runs. But Ruth’s consensus-signature moment didn’t count toward those totals. It was the Babe’s “called shot” on […]

The 10 most memorable strikes in sports history

Posted: 9th August 2011 by Graham Womack in Best of lists

1. 1994-95 MLB strike: Still the gold standard for labor disputes in organized sports, if mainly because the costs were staggering: work stopped for eight months, no 1994 World Series, and a sport with fan appeal so decimated that steroid use was tacitly condoned thereafter. Tell me what this was all about again. 2. 1998-99 […]

The expansion draft dream team

Posted: 1st July 2011 by Graham Womack in Best of lists

Editor’s note: Joe Guzzardi is on vacation until July 8. ________________ There have been six expansion drafts in baseball since 1960, and each time, it’s essentially the same story. Jimmy Breslin wrote about it in a classic Sports Illustrated piece on the 1962 New York Mets, noting, “For players, the Mets were given a list […]

The 50 greatest baseball nicknames

Posted: 28th June 2011 by Graham Womack in Best of lists

1. George Herman Ruth- The Sultan of Swat, The Bambino, The Colossus of Clout, Babe: No surprise here- the greatest baseball player of all-time also inspired the greatest nicknames. Sportswriters of the 1920s outdid themselves to come up with new names for the Yankee slugger. 2. Joe Jackson- Shoeless Joe: Would the most famous of […]

The 80-and-up team

Posted: 9th May 2011 by Graham Womack in Best of lists

Willie Mays’ 80th birthday on Friday got me thinking. Baseball’s an interesting sport in that its top competitors often live into old age unlike, say, football which seems to take 20 years off the lives of its veterans. While a few elderly ballplayers like Bob Feller and Duke Snider have died in recent months, there […]

One game in the bigs: 10 short baseball careers

Posted: 2nd May 2011 by Graham Womack in Best of lists

1. Moonlight Graham: This was probably the first name I knew on this list, seeing as Graham comes up in Field of Dreams. The author of the book that inspired the film noticed Graham in The Baseball Encyclopedia and wrote of how he played one game for the New York Giants in 1905 and later […]

10 things I love about baseball

Posted: 14th March 2011 by Bill Miller in Best of lists

1. Hot Dogs: Hot Dogs never taste as good as when you eat them at a ball park. 2. Girls: I have noticed that there often a surprising number of good looking girls at ball games.  By the middle innings of a game on a hot summer afternoon, they are often barefoot, scantily clad, and […]