May 25, 2022

Saying Goodbye to Juan Soto

May 17, 2022 by · Leave a Comment 

Juan Soto has been the soul of the Washington Nationals since he first blasted his way through the DC organization’s minor league system as a 17- and 18-year old. In 2018 Soto brought the wide grin, the goofy setup in the batter’s box, and the infectious love of the game to Washington. And DC fans […]

Win, Lose…or Draw? Romancing the No-Decision

April 22, 2022 by · 1 Comment 

Hall of Fame worthiness is a subjective if not downright arbitrary judgment. Why is this so-and-so in the Hall when that so-and-so isn’t? You probably have your favorite oversight, I have mine: namely, Tommy John. Now you might think I’m referring to his 288 victories or his eponymous status regarding Tommy John surgery (for the […]

Tommy Davis Was “A Magician With The Bat”

April 9, 2022 by · Leave a Comment 

Baltimore Orioles manager Earl Weaver called Tommy Davis “a magician with the bat.” In 1973, former Orioles third baseman and 10-time All-Star George Kell said, “Tommy is one of the game’s few remaining pure natural hitters.” Kell admired Davis’ ability to hit to all fields, torment both lefties and righties and adjust to situations. The […]

The Pittsburgh Pirates All-Time PNC Park (2001-2021) Team

April 2, 2022 by · Leave a Comment 

In 2001, the Pittsburgh Pirates moved to their beautiful new home PNC Park and many baseball fans have called it the most beautiful ballpark in America. If only the ballpark had a team worthy of it. In the 21 seasons that PNC Park has been the Pirates’ home, only four have been winning ones and […]

Wee Willie Sherdel: Most Underrated St. Louis Cardinal?

March 8, 2022 by · Leave a Comment 

John Coulson, author of Wee Willie Sherdel: The Cardinals’ Winningest Left-Hander, says the pitcher may be the most underrated St. Louis Cardinal of all time. Sherdel won 153 games for the Cardinals between 1918-1930. “That fact that Sherdel’s record has stood for all these years is amazing,” says Coulson. “The Cardinals have had some outstanding […]

The Little Giant’s Biggest Achievement

February 28, 2022 by · Leave a Comment 

Mel Ott requires no introduction to crossword puzzle aficionados thanks to such clues as “Hall of Famer Mel _ _ _” or “NY Giants slugger Mel _ _ _” or “Baseball’s ‘Master Melvin’ _ _ _.”  Puzzle designers love prominent people with three-letter surnames. Muhammad Ali and Umberto Eco, among others, are neck and neck […]

From the Archives: The Battle For George Sisler’s Soul

February 11, 2022 by · Leave a Comment 

In 1910, 17-year-old phenom George Sisler signed a contract with Akron of the Ohio-Pennsylvania League between his junior and senior years of high school. Sisler was a minor, however, and his father Cassius demanded that Akron void the contract. Sisler enrolled at the University of Michigan and began playing ball for the Wolverines. In September […]

Ballparks Database Update: More No-Hitters!

January 15, 2022 by · 2 Comments 

We at Seamheads.com are proud to announce another new update of the Seamheads.com MLB Ballparks Database! The database includes data through the 2020 season; three-year and one-year park factor LH/RH splits dating back to 1905; and every no-hitter from 1875-present. The following is what you’ll find on the updated no-hitters pages: No-hitters thrown in 2021 […]

From the Archives: “The Kid” Becomes ‘Grata’ Again

December 14, 2021 by · 1 Comment 

This is the third of a series of articles I wrote about infamous trades of the past in which a superstar player was dealt for multiple players of lesser talent or value. This was originally posted on March 18, 2008. December 10, 1984: Expos catcher Gary Carter to the Mets for Hubie Brooks, Mike Fitzgerald, […]

Home is More Than 90 Feet Away

October 12, 2021 by · Leave a Comment 

Venezuelan minor leaguer discusses his native country’s troubles, the pandemic, and life’s other curveballs. Imagine trying to make the Major Leagues as a minor leaguer. It’s an arduous journey. The strenuous, incessant training, the long road trips, the extra-inning night games, the sacrifice. Looming above it all is the harrowing and likely possibility of failure: […]

Winter Ball: A History of Baseball, Cuba, and Race

October 6, 2021 by · Leave a Comment 

In 2020, Cuban baseball players took center stage in the pandemic-shortened season. The Chicago White Sox won more than half its games twice in the 2010s. But they finished last season with a .583 winning percentage (roughly a 94 win pace over a 162 game schedule). The club made the playoffs for the first time […]

The Last Living Boston Braves Player and an Unexpected Find

August 30, 2021 by · 1 Comment 

When Del Crandall died on May 5, 2021, an era died with him. According to his obituary in the Boston Globe, he was the last living Boston Braves player. Crandall broke in with the Boston Braves as a fresh-faced 19-year-old in 1949 but had his best seasons after the team moved to Milwaukee in 1953. […]

Field of Fire

August 13, 2021 by · 1 Comment 

The White Sox needed this one. For about 102 years the White Sox have needed this one. The Sox got a two-run home run from All-Star shortstop Tim Anderson in the bottom of the ninth inning to defeat the New York Yankees 9-8 in the “Field of Dreams” game in Dyersville, Iowa Thursday night, a […]

An Historic Trading Deadline–Can It Happen Again?

August 2, 2021 by · Leave a Comment 

If ever a Major League Baseball team traded eight players from its Major League roster in a single day, I can find no mention of it. And yet that is what the Washington Nationals did on July 30, 2021. The Chicago Cubs dealt nine on the same day, which was documented as the highest number […]

The Best Starting Pitching Staffs in the Last 100 Years: Part IV

June 12, 2021 by · Leave a Comment 

From Part I: Pitching, pitching, pitching. You may have heard the saying, “You can never have enough pitching.” Of course, if you are going to have good pitching it begins with your starting pitching staff. Which starting pitching staff was the best ever? I considered and reviewed every team that made it to the World […]

The Best Starting Pitching Staffs in the Last 100 Years: Part III

May 13, 2021 by · Leave a Comment 

From Part I: Pitching, pitching, pitching. You may have heard the saying, “You can never have enough pitching.” Of course, if you are going to have good pitching it begins with your starting pitching staff. Which starting pitching staff was the best ever? I considered and reviewed every team that made it to the World […]

Beholding the Beauty of the Not-Quite-Normal 2021 Season

April 18, 2021 by · Leave a Comment 

The sun was surprisingly warm as we sat along the left field foul line, a dozen rows up from the emerald green field at Camden Yards. The crowd was sparse, socially distanced, but still keenly focused on the game set to begin on the field. There has been little to draw large crowds to Baltimore’s […]

The White Man’s Game

April 5, 2021 by · 1 Comment 

On any given evening in the summer, one can travel to the ballpark to see the game of baseball played by a unique diversity of talent. Whether the game is in a Major League park or a minor league one, the players out on the field might claim Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Australia, Mexico, Central America, […]

The Best Starting Pitching Staffs in the Last 100 Years: Part I

March 26, 2021 by · 1 Comment 

Pitching, pitching, pitching. You may have heard the saying, “You can never have enough pitching.” Of course, if you are going to have good pitching it begins with your starting pitching staff. Which starting pitching staff was the best ever? A few that come to mind right away were the Atlanta Braves of the ‘90s. […]

A Fond Farewell to The Baseball Gauge

February 3, 2021 by · 12 Comments 

Hello, friends and fellow Seamheads. As some of you have noticed our partner site, The Baseball Gauge, is no longer around. This has been in the works for a while, but only because our good friend and genius behind the goodness that was The Baseball Gauge, Dan Hirsch, has moved on to bigger and better […]

The Seamheads Negro Leagues DB: A Brief Introduction

December 28, 2020 by · 6 Comments 

In the wake of the recent announcement about MLB’s recognition of the Negro leagues, we prepared the following brief introduction to our work here. The Seamheads Negro Leagues Database is an in-progress statistical encyclopedia covering Black professional baseball players, teams, and leagues during the era of segregation. Our work was specifically commended by Commissioner of […]

Winter Ball: A History of Baseball, Cuba, and Race

December 4, 2020 by · Leave a Comment 

In 2020, Cuban baseball players took center stage in the pandemic-shortened season. The Chicago White Sox won more than half its games just twice in the 2010s. But they finished last season with a .583 winning percentage (roughly a 94 win pace over a 162 game schedule). The club made the playoffs for the first […]

Negro Leagues DB Update: 1926 NNL Fielding & Pitching, 32 Home Runs for Suttles

November 9, 2020 by · 4 Comments 

We’ve added newly audited and expanded statistics for the 1926 Negro National League, including fielding statistics, complete pitching statistics, batters’ hit by pitch, and a handful of new games and corrections to the record. While I don’t think that counting stats are, by themselves, a particularly good measure of the quality of Negro league ballplayers, […]

State of the Game – Mike Port on Umpiring, Rule Changes and Analytics

October 14, 2020 by · 2 Comments 

Mike Port’s professional baseball career spanned more than four decades, from 1969 to 2011. When his aspirations to play in the big leagues ended with an injury shortly after signing with San Diego, he accepted a position in the Padres’ minor league system and worked his way up to the role of Farm Director. In […]

THE 1944 MEXICAN LEAGUE SEASON

September 26, 2020 by · Leave a Comment 

First and foremost, special thanks to John Russell and Steve Peissig, who provided rare Mexican League guides that enabled us to have FIELDING stats for the 1944 Mexican League and, for the first time, split out playing records for players who played for more than one team. For the 1944 Mexican League season, the league […]

From the Archives: “The Midnight Massacre”

September 2, 2020 by · 9 Comments 

Rest in Peace, Tom Seaver, and thank you for the memories (November 17, 1944-August 31, 2020). (Editor’s Note: This was originally posted on February 9, 2008.) June 15, 1977: Mets ace Tom Seaver to the Reds for Pat Zachry, Doug Flynn, Steve Henderson and Dan Norman. In one of the blockbuster trades in baseball history, […]

From the Archives: “The Mysterious Floating Sensation”

August 11, 2020 by · Leave a Comment 

The following was originally posted on October 6, 2008 and an abridged version appears in Baseball’s Untold History: The Wild Side published by Summer Game Books in 2017. Did he or didn’t he? That’s the question. Eddie Cicotte is widely recognized as the inventor of the knuckleball, earning his nickname “Knuckles” around 1908, his first […]

Negro Leagues DB Update: 1924 NNL Fielding & Pitching + 1921 Tesreau Bears

July 13, 2020 by · 2 Comments 

A brief note on an update we made a few weeks ago. We have added: 1) Fielding statistics, full pitching statistics, and batters’ hit by pitch for the 1924 Negro National League, along with games involving one new independent team, Charlie Mills’s St. Louis Giants; 2) 1921 games between Black teams and a very good […]

Negro Leagues Game of the Day on This Date in 1928 (June 23rd)

June 23, 2020 by · Leave a Comment 

Saturday, June 23rd – The Birmingham Black Barons face the Chicago American Giants at Schorling Park. In pre-game warm-ups, Chicago right fielder Ruben Jones and second baseman Charlie Williams collide. Neither will start the game, although Jones will eventually feel well enough to come in later to replace pitcher George Harney, who started in right […]

Negro Leagues Game of the Day on This Date in 1928 (June 17th)

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Sunday, June 17th – The Atlantic City Bacharach Giants play a Sunday afternoon double-header versus the Baltimore Black Sox at Maryland Park. 3B Jud Wilson is out of the lineup for Baltimore due to an ankle sprain. Here are the starting lineups for Game #1: Atlantic City Bacharach Giants (8-10-1)1. Fats Jenkins, LF2. Eggie Dallard, […]

The Three-Batter Rule – There is a Better Way

April 21, 2020 by · 3 Comments 

When baseball resumes, the three-batter minimum rule for pitchers will be implemented. Under this rule, relief pitchers would be required to face at least three batters or to complete the half-inning before they could be taken out. The rule appears to be an attempt to address the related problems of pace of play and length […]

THE 1942 MEXICAN LEAGUE SEASON

February 27, 2020 by · 1 Comment 

We’ve added data from the 1942 Mexican League, a season of 84-88 games that finished with three teams within two games of first place. Union Laguna de Torreon posted the best record (48-40) thanks to Martin Dihigo, who proved why he’s one of the greatest players in baseball history. The 37-year-old Dihigo not only led […]

NORMALIZING NEGRO LEAGUE STATISTICS

February 13, 2020 by · 2 Comments 

Most baseball fans are familiar with the concept of ‘normalizing’ statistics. For MLB statistics, the most basic adjustment is to normalize for park effects. The simplest park normalization calculation takes the impact of a team’s park on runs scored then divides that number, either positive or negative, in half, and then that calculation is applied […]

Major League Equivalencies for The Negro Leagues

February 9, 2020 by · 2 Comments 

Major League Equivalents (MLEs) are a series of calculations designed to take non-major league baseball performance and estimate what that performance’s results would look like statistically in the context of the Major Leagues. Bill James gets credit for popularizing MLEs, as he outlined his method for minor league batters in the 1985 Baseball Abstract. James […]

Negro Leagues DB Update: 1932 Negro Southern League

January 27, 2020 by · 9 Comments 

In time for the 100th anniversary of the founding of the Negro National League next month, we’re happy to announce that we have achieved full coverage of all the traditional major Negro leagues from 1920 through 1948. The latest addition to the DB is the 1932 Negro Southern League, the only year that circuit was […]

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