Just when you thought you knew everything there was to know about Babe Ruth, Jean Leavy’s The Big Fella: Babe Ruth and the World He Created comes along, digging deeply into uncharted territory to capture the making of America’s first celebrity and his substantial influence on sport and culture. Leavy leaves the actual play on … Continue reading BOOK REVIEW: The Big Fella Is A Home Run
Random thoughts as the Red Sox settle into spring training … Kudos to the Red Sox for not bidding against themselves to sign J.D. Martinez. With the Red Sox being the only viable bidder, Martinez seems to need the Red Sox more than the Red Sox need Martinez, whose opposite-field swing may not play well … Continue reading Red Sox Playing Smart with JD Martinez; Yanks Team To Beat, but Sox Will Contend
Nothing stimulates the hobby faster than two rookies from storied franchises slugging home runs at a record pace. Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger have arrived as baseball’s top sluggers and hobby treasures. Both have a chance to join Fred Lynn (1975) and Ichiro Suzuki (2001) as the only players to be named MVP and Rookie … Continue reading Aaron Judge and Cody Bellinger Heat Up
The discussion of two-way baseball players starts and ends with Babe Ruth. In the years before the infamous sale that sent Ruth from Boston to New York, the man known as the “Sultan of Swat” was baseball’s premier left-handed pitcher. Ruth would later become the most prolific hitter in baseball history. Before his powerful uppercut … Continue reading Celebrating Babe Ruth
There are two outs in the bottom of the ninth with the side of righteousness trailing by a run. The Baseball Writers Association of America has one more chance to right one of the biggest wrongs in the Hall of Fame by electing Tim Raines. Raines has steadily gained support, but is in his 10th … Continue reading Tim Raines’s Last Chance For the Hall of Fame
Any comparisons to Babe Ruth are subject to hyperbole, but the recent exploits of 22-year-old Shohei Otani give us reason to believe the Japanese star could be the Major League's next great two-way ball player. The recently-named Most Valuable Player of the Pacific League of Nippon Professional Baseball became the first professional league Japanese player … Continue reading Japan’s Shohei Otani, The Next Babe Ruth?
Remember Reggie Jackson’s only uneventful season from the 1970s, the year he he played for the Baltimore Orioles? A lost season for Jackson, completely ignored by Topps … almost!?! Say what? First some background information … On this day 40 years ago (April 2, 1976), Oakland A’s owner Charlie Finley shocked the baseball world by … Continue reading Long Lost Reggie Jackson Baseball Card