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The Incomparable Tony Suck

September 16, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

Shakespeare once wrote: “What’s in a name? That which we call a rose By any other name would smell as sweet.” Conversely, a stinker by any other name would be just as foul. One of the worst baseball players of all time had a name that fit him like a glove. We’re talking about the […]

The Ox That Ate The Georgia Peach

August 3, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

It’s on the short list of baseball’s records least likely to be broken: Ty Cobb’s lifetime major league batting average of .367. Another Detroit Tiger, Miguel Cabrera, holds the highest active lifetime average at this writing, at .320, with Minnesota’s Joe Mauer and the Angels’ Albert Pujols just percentage points behind. But what player holds […]

Tommy Holmes’s Sensational Summer of 1945

July 27, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

During World War 2, baseball’s talent level was at an all-time low. Rosters were depleted as players headed off to do their duty for Uncle Sam. Hall of Famers had large chunks of their prime years wiped out, including Hank Greenberg, Bob Feller, Ted Williams, and Joe DiMaggio. Major League Baseball made the best of […]

Thoughts on the Hall of Fame Career of Ichiro

July 16, 2014 by · 2 Comments 

Now 40 years old, the New York Yankees’ Ichiro Suzuki is nearing the end of an extraordinary career. One of the finest-conditioned athletes in the game, he certainly has the body to play for another two or three years. But is the desire there? Ichiro will be a free agent after this season. It is […]

A Look Back at When Babe Ruth Nearly Became the Detroit Tigers’ Player-Manager

July 14, 2014 by · 1 Comment 

By the end of the 1933 season, it was obvious that Babe Ruth didn’t have much left in the tank. He was coming off a campaign in which he had hit only 34 home runs, with 103 RBIs and a .301 batting average. While very good numbers for mere mortals, this was, after all, the […]