Peter Gammons: The Hall of Fame ballot

The 2005 Induction ceremony was over, and inductees, friends, guests and well-wishers were winding back to the Otesaga Hotel. Outside the entrance, Bud Selig was on his cell phone, his voice raised in what obviously was a heated discussion. We later learned that Selig was in a discussion about a piece of news that he […]

Peter Gammons: Instant classic as Cubs win World Series

He broke out in a smile, a peaceful, calm smile. It was early on a November morning, the 343rd pitch of the seventh game of one of the most memorable World Series, and the ball Michael Martinez hit squibbled towards him, through wet grass and the tying run sprinting towards second base, and Kris Bryant […]

Baseball Cards

Baseball cards are an unbelievable source of information for baseball aficionados  especially kids. On the face or front  is a photograph of the player, always out of focus or off-centered so you have difficulty identifying him at the stadium, in the parking lot, or at card shows. On the back of the card is usually a cartoon with a […]

Nine oddities from the list of 500-home run hitters

The great thing about baseball is that when you look at any list of 27 ballplayers you can find loads of odd numbers amongst their stats. This is certainly true when you look at the 27 sluggers with 500+ homers. Nine to Know: From the 500-homer list Babe Ruth had 113 sac bunts, but two […]

Will Miguel Cabrera ever hit for the cycle?

Miguel Cabrera yesterday hit a pair of homers as the Tigers defeated the Indians, 8-5, to move to 6-0 for the first time since 1985. Miggy was amazing in this three-game sweep of the Tribe garnering 11 hits, which according to our friends at Elias, made him the first Tigers hitter with 11 hits over […]

An anniversary of why baseball stats matter

There is an op-ed piece in today’s New York Times that does a very good job of attracting attention and creating buzz entitled Don’t Let Statistics Ruin Baseball. The author, Steve Kettmann, is suggesting that all the attention to statistics interferes with a fan’s enjoyment of the game. He complains that too many baseball writers […]

A look back at strikeout totals

As you consider talking or writing about these strikeout numbers, here are some quotes from some others on strikeouts to inspire you: I’ve never heard a crowd boo a homer, but I’ve heard plenty of boos after a strikeout. – Babe Ruth I eventually became proud of my strikeouts, because each one represented another learning […]

Happy 81st birthday, Hank Aaron

Today, February 5, 2015, is Hank Aaron’s 81st birthday. Here’s 44 to Know about #44 Henry Louis Aaron was born on February 5, 1934. In Aaron’s first season in the majors he wore uniform #5 (and made $5,000 in salary) Aaron was born in Mobile, Alabama, the same city as fellow Hall of Famer Willie […]

Home Run Leaders by era

Pre-Historic Era – Harry Stovey finished his career in 1893 with 122 œhomers Dead Ball Era – Roger Connor, retired in 1897, with 138 homers National Pastime Era – Babe Ruth, finished his career in 1935 with 714 homers Integration Era -“ Hank Aaron, finished his career in 1976 with 755 homers Steroid Era – Barry B*nds, […]

Legends of the Game: Team by team leaders, single season ISO leaders, AL

Lee Sinins is the creator of the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, the most powerful baseball encyclopedia on the market. All stats in the ATM reports are generated from the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, unless explictly stated otherwise. FRAA, since 1950, comes from Baseball Prospectus. Lee can be followed on twitter @BaseballEncyclo. The new edition of the Complete […]