By 1940, Doerr was a key member of a potent Red Sox lineup that included Williams, Jimmie Foxx, and Joe Cronin. The man Williams called “the silent leader” hit a robust .291 with 22 homers and 105 RBI -- impressive numbers for a second baseman of any time period.
Tris Speaker was one of the most prolific and underappreciated players in Red Sox history. Playing in the shadows of Ty Cobb during baseball’s “Dead Ball Era”, Speaker led the Red Sox to World Series championships in 1912 and 1915 and the Indians in 1920 as a player/manager. The “Grey Eagle” hit for high average, … Continue reading Underappreciated Baseball Great Tris Speaker
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
Great to see Tim Raines -- one of my all-time favorite non-Red Sox players -- throw out the first pitch in tonight’s Red Sox - Blue Jays exhibition game in Montreal. What’s not to like about Tim Raines? He was one of the game’s great leadoff hitters, top base stealers, and -- believe it or … Continue reading Tim Raines Belongs in the Hall of Fame
Whether you fancy yourself a baseball historian or a baseball fan with at least a remote interest in the game’s glorious history, Charles Leerhsen’s Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty is an absolute must read. Leerhsen’s wide-ranging reporting and storytelling skills are on full display as he debunks the myths and sheds light on the complicated … Continue reading Book Review: Ty Cobb: A Terrible Beauty
The second part of a semi-regular series on “Baseball’s Most Unbreakable Records”. Sometimes baseball’s most unbreakable records need to be framed in the proper context. Sometimes luck or fate has more affect on the baseball record book than we realize. Tris Speaker never actually came close to Joe DiMaggio’s “unbreakable” 56-game hitting streak established decades after … Continue reading The Great Tris Speaker: Baseball’s Unbreakable Records (Almost)