December 17, 2017

The Sunday Notes: Goodbye 2015, Hello 2016

January 3, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

So, 2015 is now a permanent part of our history as 2016 will take baseball shape this week when we find out who the writers voted into the Hall of Fame. If you will allow me this time around, instead of giving you a few links to read I thought I would share a few thoughts […]

Ernie Banks Leaves A Powerful Legacy

January 27, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Ernie Banks, one of the brightest personalities in Major League Baseball history, passed away Saturday, January 26 at the age of 83 from a heart attack. Best known for his sunny optimism and the catch phrase “Let’s play two,” the Chicago Cubs icon is hardly remembered outside of Chicago for his graceful glove at short […]

My Top Five Most Underrated Hall of Famers in Baseball History

September 11, 2013 by · 2 Comments 

Hey baseball fans! With 205 baseball players in the Hall of Fame, not all of them are recognizable to baseball fans. Whether it’s because of the team they played for, the era in which they competed or another reason, some of the best baseball players of all time are not very prominent. With that being […]

My Top Five Hall of Fame Hitters without a Ring

August 19, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans! It’s always a player’s dream to win a World Series. However, a lot of ballplayers never get a ring. Even some Hall of Famers have never won a World Series. With that, I give you my top five Hall of Fame hitters who never won a World Series ring and deserved one. Number Five: Carlton Fisk […]

The Greatest Youngster Around

March 29, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

Hey baseball fans! Let’s get something straight: not all Hall of Famers have a World Series ring. For example, Ernie Banks never got one because he played on the Cubs. Harmon Killebrew almost got a ring in ’65 with the Twins, but never got that close to a championship again in his career. Finally, even the great Ted Williams never got […]

Roy Smalley, Jr.—A Baseball Classic

October 27, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

This past week baseball lost Roy Smalley, Jr., another member of the World War II generation that has been rapidly slipping away in recent years. He was a player, a manager, an armed services veteran, and the father of Roy Smalley III, also a major leaguer. He was part of a vanishing generation that played […]

Fun With Retrosheet: Players With The Highest Percentage of Post-Season Homers

October 10, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

A quick one today: here are the players who have hit the highest percentage of their home runs during the post-season: Player First Last REG POST PCT Mickey Lolich 1963 1979 0 1 1.0000 Don Gullett 1970 1978 0 1 1.0000 Joe Blanton 2004 2011 0 1 1.0000 Paul Goldschmidt 2011 2011 8 2 .2000 […]

You Can Bank on It

July 28, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

In 1967, Louis Armstrong recorded “What a Wonderful World.” Do you think Armstrong naturally believed that about everything? Most likely not, but he made a decision to view life with optimism. While Armstrong dazzled the jazz circuit, Ernie Banks shared a similar view on the baseball diamond. “Let’s play two,” Banks said. A combination of […]

Visiting Louisville, and Pleased

April 16, 2011 by · 2 Comments 

Visiting the Louisville Slugger Museum and Factory along with attending a home game of the Louisville Bats has been on my to do list for several years. Purchasing a pair of tickets the day they went on sale for my wife Lynne and I for Monday April 11, our plans were set. Heading into to […]

Just How Good is Derek Jeter?

April 21, 2010 by · 3 Comments 

Here is the short answer.  At the end of the 2009 season, Derek Jeter moved into 6th place among the best shortstops of the modern era (since 1920).  For more details, keep reading. Bill James’ Win Shares system is the most comprehensive tool available to understand how good a season a player had.  It includes […]

“Ball Talk: Baseball’s Voices of Summer”

April 19, 2010 by · Leave a Comment 

I was recently sent a free copy of Kevin Bender’s DVD, “Ball Talk: Baseball’s Voices of Summer,” a 1989 documentary hosted by Larry King that “celebrates Hall of Fame-honored baseball announcing pioneers Mel Allen, Red Barber, Jack Brickhouse, Jack Buck, Curt Gowdy and Ernie Harwell…” I watched it on Saturday and it’s fantastic!  The film […]