In the first installment of a three-parter, Steve chronicles the saga of the Chicago Cubs in one of the most interesting (though not ultimately successful) periods of their long history. Extra bonus points if you can keep track of all of the “head coaches.”
A look back at one of baseball’s finest — and most well travelled — pinch hitters
Del Pratt and Larry Doyle. Tilly Walker and Cy Williams. George Burns and George Burns. (No, not that George Burns.) They’re all here! Check your spitter at the door and come on in.
Steve takes a close look at the decade of the 1910s, and the transition between the Deadball and live ball eras. We see that there were quite a number of dazzling hitting performances obscured by spit, slime, scratches, and stains.
Brian examines the history of the Angels and their many names.
News and notes from the psychedelic 60’s
A Hardball Times exclusive. We catch up with a friendly old arm that’s got quite a story to tell.
John looks back at the three pitchers who helped the Yankees win five straight World Series.
Steve shines a light on a year that is little remembered today, but was chock full of odd and interesting events.
Une histoire de Les Expos de Montréal — 2002-present.
John tells the interesting story of Virgil Trucks.
Steve wraps up his adjusted-stat virtual history of 1931 through 1941, this time examining things from the perspective of the career achievements of the best players of the era. He encounters a few surprises along the way.
Would you buy this pitch? Really? May we appreciate some of the amazing true stories that are all around us.
Steve conducts the “careful scoring-environment context assessment” look at the achievements of the best players of the 1930s that he challenged himself to do last April. You might want to print this one out: it’s mighty hefty!
No other GM in the land was more bold and clever than he. May the great deeds of Sir Cedric be forever known to all!
This excursion will be first-class all the way. We’re taking a ride with the gentleman whose name itself has come to be the brand name that means Best: the Cadillac, the Tiffany, the Everest among all pitchers.
Completing the two-parter, Steve gives us a look at how the 1966, 1967, and 1968 seasons might have been without the changed definition of the strike zone. Wow, ’68 was really a low-scoring year.
In the lid-lifter of a twin bill, Steve estimates the impact that the 1963-68 top-of-the-shoulder-to-the-bottom-of-the-knee rule book strike zone had on every player’s and every team’s numbers. Maybe it “really” wasn’t as much of a pitcher’s era as we might think.
Come along with Steve on a journey into the strange and sad land of Fades and Flops. Be warned: if you like Happy Endings, this is no place for you to go.
They may not have been the the Easternmost in quality, nor the Westernmost in flavor, but they were a very prudently run organization. Steve gives the Dodgers of Alston, Koufax, Wills, and Drysdale a tip of his black-and-orange cap.