Have you ever heard of pre-Babe Ruth era slugger “Cactus” Cravath?
Sweeny Murti and I agree that Mo is the best Yankee since Babe Ruth. Even if we’re wrong, that’s the kind of stratospheric company he keeps when a man rises from mortal to mythology.
Matsui arrived just a little late to enjoy the spoils of the 1990s. But one could easily argue that that was the only time his timing was ever off.
In this installment of By The Numbers, I would like to briefly discuss five candidates. In alphabetical order they are Barry Bonds, Roger Clemens, Mark McGwire, Rafael Palmeiro and Sammy Sosa.
Former New York Yankees owner Jacob Ruppert, longtime umpire Hank O’Day and barehanded catcher Deacon White have been elected to the baseball Hall of Fame for their excellence through the first half of the 20th century.
A Babe Ruth team sweater from around 1922 sold for $250,642 and a Lou Gehrig game-used bat from 1938 or ’39 sold for $75,205.
Miguel Cabrera’s Triple Crown placed him into an elite group in history.
Tris Speaker was one of the best players of a bygone era in baseball.
We need Mariano Rivera once more — for a proper salute, for our sanity and for his sanctity. Please give us just a few more deeds under brown leaves, before He leaves.
Both Miguel Cabrera and Mike Trout have had historic 2012 seasons, but only one can take home the AL MVP.
The Great Bambino’s “Called Shot” is the one that has been the most debated events in MLB history.
Of all the events in the long history of Major League Baseball, this is the one that has been the most debated.
Curtis Granderson’s caught fire in his last six games and is powering the Yankees down the stretch.
If you want those of us who eulogized Jeter last year to apologize, you got it. I’m sorry. But to bend the other way and embalm the man in faerie dust is equally misguided. He’s great, just not the greatest.
This installment of By The Numbers is a continuation of our last blog, which presented Bill William Jenkinson’s massive research dealing with Babe Ruth’s “called” home run. Below is a detailed account of the 1932 Fall Classic.