October 7, 2015

Rob Manfred, Studied Contrast to Selig and “Smartest Man in Baseball”

September 29, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The sitting Baseball Commissioner, Rob Manfred, was the guest of Marvin Kalb at the National Press Club last night for the live airing of the Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) program, “The Kalb Report.” It was a fascinating fifty-five minutes of back-and-forth between the two men, and a lively Q&A followed. It was difficult not to […]

Reflections on Bud Selig, Competitive Balance, and How to Build the Best 21st Century Baseball Team

September 25, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Listening to Bud Selig is difficult and my heart goes out to the University of Wisconsin students who take his Baseball History class at Madison. Selig spoke last night on a program sponsored by the Smithsonian Museum Associates and organized by former Washington Senators and Redskins Announcer, Phil Hochberg. Listening to Selig was like watching […]


September 23, 2015 by · 3 Comments 

September 23, 2015 Yogi Yogi Berra was not a baseball player.  He was an American treasure. Lawrence Peter Berra grew up in St. Louis, served in World War II, played on some of the best baseball teams of all time in the 1940s, 50s and 60s and was not just a Hall of Famer but […]

Unforgettable Ryne Duren

September 20, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Ryne Duren was one of my all-time favorite baseball characters. His reputation was legendary and has been the basis for several fictional movie baseball players. When first discovered in the tiny Wisconsin town of Cazenovia, he possessed the type of fastball that made scouts drool. It was later a generally held consensus among baseball men […]

Chatting with Former Kansas City Royals Outfielder Pat Sheridan

September 13, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

After years of futility, the Kansas City Royals have been one of the best teams in baseball over the past couple of seasons. It has been their first extended stretch as contenders since the 1980s, when they fielded some of the most exciting teams of the era. An important cog to some of those squads […]

60 Years Ago (1955): Whitey Ford’s Back to Back One-Hitters

September 8, 2015 by · 1 Comment 

Whitey Ford won his 17th game of the 1955 season on September 7, allowing just one hit in beating the Kansas City Athletics, 2-1. It was his second consecutive start pitching a complete-game one-hitter. Five days before, Ford had defeated the Washington Senators, 4-2, giving up just one hit. In between, he pitched an inning-and-a-third […]

Beauty Is In The Eye Of Those Who Don’t Care About Ugly Baseball Jerseys

August 28, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

  The 1970s returned to Chicago’s South Side on Thursday night, only this time, the disastrous decade was a bit kinder to the White Sox. The Sox topped the Seattle Mariners 4-2 on “70s Night” at U.S. Cellular Field, an event that featured great 1970s rock music, lamentable 70s disco music, Afro wigs, 70s trivia, […]

Denny McLain and the Raccoon That Changed Baseball History*

August 18, 2015 by · 3 Comments 

*Or did it? One of the more curious, and disturbing, episodes in baseball history came at the end of the 1967 season, during one of the closest pennant races ever. And it occurred in the time without any divisions or playoffs–there were no extra chances for finishing in second place and no postseason-participation trophies. At the […]

Negro Leagues DB Update: 1932 East-West League

August 13, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The 1932 East-West League, plus four independent east coast teams from that year, forms the latest addition to the Seamheads Negro Leagues Database. This was the year when Pittsburgh numbers operator Gus Greenlee really got serious about baseball. He hired the architect Louis A. S. Bellinger to construct a lavish new ballpark in the Hill […]

Ginger Beaumont Honored in David Stalker’s Baseball Memorial Series

August 10, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

On July 19th, 2015, a two-sided monument was unveiled honoring Ginger Beaumont. The event took place on a sunny afternoon at beautiful Beaumont Field in Burlington, Wisconsin. The monument dedication was followed by Burlington’s Baseball Hall of Fame Induction, which Beaumont has been a member of since 2012. Bill Milatz, chairman of Burlington’s Baseball Hall […]

Pedro Martinez: Celebrating His Legendary Stint with the Boston Red Sox

August 2, 2015 by · 1 Comment 

Last weekend, former right-handed pitcher Pedro Martinez (along with Randy Johnson, John Smoltz and Craig Biggio) was part of the National Baseball Hall of Fame’s most recent induction class. Although he pitched for five teams during his illustrious 18-year major league career, he is best known for the seven seasons he spent with the Boston […]

Baseball HOF Voting — Some Writers Don’t Deserve The Privilege

July 27, 2015 by · 4 Comments 

As it happens every summer, for one weekend in July, the eyes of the baseball world turned to Cooperstown, New York, for Major League Baseball’s Hall of Fame induction ceremonies. Now that they’re over, thoughts will turn to next year’s candidates and Ken Griffey, Jr., who was elected to Major League Baseball’s All-Century team in […]

60 Years Ago–No Spahn Sighting in Brooklyn

The Milwaukee Braves pulled into Brooklyn on July 22 in second place for what would be a make-or-break-the-season four-game date with the Dodgers. Having played 92 games to a less-than-impressive 50-42 record for a second-place team, the Braves had only 62 to go and trailed by 13½. Anything less than winning three of four would likely […]

2015 and ’69 Mets–Deja Vu All Over Again?

July 20, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

How well do Matt Harvey, Jacob deGrom and Noah Syndergaard stack up against Seaver, Koosman and Gentry and can the New York Mets find enough offense to make the miracle work again like it did in 1969? As the Mets and the Nationals square off against one another in a three-game set in Washington, DC, […]

Ginger Beaumont To Be Honored On Monument

July 14, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

On Sunday July 19, 2015, a monument will be dedicated in honor of former baseball star, Ginger Beaumont. The event will begin at noon, at beautiful Beaumont Field, located on Milwaukee Ave. in Burlington, Wisconsin. The public is welcome to attend. Ginger’s granddaughter Jean Cognato will be attending the event along with Beaumont’s great-granddaughter. Jean […]

Hardball Retrospective – 1906 Season Replay

July 9, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

In “Hardball Retrospective: Evaluating Scouting and Development Outcomes for the Modern-Era Franchises”, I placed every ballplayer in the modern era (from 1901-present) on their original team. Therefore, Freddy Parent is listed on the Cardinals roster for the duration of his career while the Superbas claim Jimmy Sheckard and the Beaneaters declare Vic Willis. I calculated […]

Hype, Hyperbole, and Harper

July 5, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The fireworks were nestled all snug in whatever fireworks are nestled in before heading skyward several hours later from barges on the Potomac River. The Nationals were playing an 11:05 am start time for the Fourth of July game in the Nation’s Capital. The San Francisco Giants had been invited to share in the festivities […]

MLBPA-MLB Statement On Yankees, Alex Rodriguez

July 3, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Major League Baseball and the Major League Baseball Players Association jointly announced today that the New York Yankees and Alex Rodriguez have amicably resolved their potential dispute regarding Rodriguez’s entitlement to bonus monies under the provision of his player contract covering historical statistical accomplishments. As part of this resolution, Mr. Rodriguez and the Yankees have […]

Christy Mathewson and His Brothers: A Story of What Might Have Been

June 28, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Right-handed pitcher Christy Mathewson was one of the greatest hurlers of all time, starring for the New York Giants for nearly 16 years in the early part of last century. He is still third all-time in wins with 373, and perhaps the greatest postseason pitcher who ever lived, posting a 0.97 ERA and completing 10 […]

Examining Some Hall-of-Fame Batter and Pitcher Matchups

June 21, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

At any given time there are hundreds of players with active major league careers. While they all undoubtedly possess elite athleticism and skill in order to have gotten so far in the game, only a select few are dominant enough to earn membership into the elite club frequently referred to as the “all-time greats.” If […]

Hoping to Find Bottom in DC

June 14, 2015 by · 1 Comment 

The Washington Nationals have been wracked by injuries, poor performance and the total failure of their bullpen to span the seventh and eighth innings. Like in one of those old submarine movies, the Nationals are looking for the bottom and a chance to regroup. The rumor mill has it that Mike Rizzo has finally been […]

13 Not So Famous Baseball Players Banned by Kenesaw Mountain Landis

June 7, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Kenesaw Mountain Landis is still perhaps the most iron-fisted commissioner in the history of professional sports. Hired by major league baseball owners in 1920 to bring order to the game in the wake of the Chicago “Black Sox” scandal from the 1919 World Series, the bushy-browed former federal judge ruled baseball with absolute power until […]

The Glory of Reading The Glory of Their Times

June 1, 2015 by · 2 Comments 

Ask any baseball bibliophile which tomes on the National Pastime he or she would bring to the proverbial desert island, and Lawrence Ritter’s The Glory Of Their Times (Macmillan, 1966) will usually be at or near the top of the list. And deservedly so. In August of 1961, Tyrus Raymond Cobb, The Georgia Peach, Hall […]

Is That Nuke LaLoosh Pitching in the Carolina League?

May 21, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Sure, Carlos Correa looks like the monster everyone predicted he would become. He leads the Texas League in batting and his 1.105 OPS jumps right off the page. If you play in a keeper league and have not tucked him away somewhere, you should. The Houston Astros have an embarrassment of riches that Bill Gilbert […]

The Shoeless Joe Jackson Interview: An Analysis

May 10, 2015 by · 1 Comment 

The October, 1949 issue of SPORT Magazine published something that has never been seen before or since. It was an interview with “Shoeless” Joe Jackson, focusing on the 1919 Black Sox scandal and his expulsion from baseball. He had previously declined to publicly discuss the subject, and while it’s unclear why he made this exception, it provides fascinating insight […]

Hardball Retrospective – 1903 Season Replay

April 27, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

In “Hardball Retrospective: Evaluating Scouting and Development Outcomes for the Modern-Era Franchises”, I placed every ballplayer in the modern era (from 1901-present) on their original team. Therefore, Mordecai Brown is listed on the Cardinals roster for the duration of his career while the Reds claim Sam Crawford and the Phillies declare Nap Lajoie. I calculated […]

Small Triumphs Writ Large

April 22, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

What may have been most remarkable about Calvin Griffith was his candor. When the former owner of the Minneapolis Twins said of his new Minnesota home–where he had relocated the old American League Washington Nationals franchise that dated to 1901–that there he had found thousands of hard working white folks, he was giving vent to […]

Major League Baseball As Seen From Outer Space: The Baseball Historian’s Notes for the Week of April 12, 2015

April 12, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

Another baseball season has just gotten underway this week, finally releasing fans from the purgatory of the offseason. For those who truly love the game, this is truly a special time of year. In a famous monologue from the film Field of Dreams, actor James Earl Jones perfectly captures the way people are drawn to […]

The Most Important Pitching Study Ever Done: An Overview

April 5, 2015 by · 4 Comments 

For many years, I’ve been toiling on the statistical fringes of the eternal baseball question: what is the best way to handle pitching? My aim has been to put together a baseball equivalent of a “grand unified theory” which would account for the key changes in the way pitching staffs have been deployed over the […]

60 Years Ago, When the Wait for “Next Year” Finally Ended: 1955 Pre-Season Pennant Race Handicaps

March 28, 2015 by · 1 Comment 

“Wait Till Next Year.” Sixty years ago, that was the mantra at Ebbets Field because the Dodgers had lost every World Series they had been in—1916, 1920, 1941, 1947, 1949, 1952, and 1953—not to mention having lost the first two playoffs ever for the National League pennant, in 1946 and 1951, and not being counted […]

Casey Stengel Asserts Life Cereal Really is for Adults: The Baseball Historian’s Notes for the Week of March 22, 2015

March 22, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

A big change is coming to the MLB All-Star Game, as it was recently announced that the paper ballot will be no more and all votes cast will now be exclusively online. But why stop there? How about using this as a catalyst to breathe new life into an event that could stand a more […]

“Baseball’s Untold History: The People”

March 16, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

PRESS RELEASE: Founder and President of Seamheads.com Launches Baseball History Series Summer Game Books Releases BASEBALL’S UNTOLD HISTORY: THE PEOPLE by Michael T. Lynch Summer Game Books launches a new series of baseball history books from Michael T. Lynch, the founder and president of Seamheads.com beginning April 8, 2015 with the first volume: Baseball’s Untold […]

Boston Red Sox Top Prospects: A Brief Recent History

March 6, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

In recent years, the Boston Red Sox have annually had one of the strongest farm systems in baseball. This should probably not come as a big surprise, given the substantial resources the organization has at its disposal when it comes to player development. Baseball America is the foremost publication available to baseball junkies when it […]

Remembering Jennifer

March 1, 2015 by · 4 Comments 

This article first appeared on Seamheads.com on March 2, 2009, a little more than three years after my sister’s tragic death, and will be re-posted here every year on this day, her birthday, with slight modifications. My sister would have been 44 today. But for the senseless act of a coward who took her life […]

The ’72 Yankees: A Different Kind of Bronx Tale

February 28, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

It was the high point of the era of Murcer, Clarke and Lyle; the Scooter on WPIX; Bob Sheppard; the Mayor’s Trophy Game and family swaps. For several years we had watched them from afar; grainy, black-and-white images on our Zenith television screen. For my father, older brother Mike and I that all changed on […]

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