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Index of Articles
1. Mark's Baseball Comeback
2.
Top 10 MLB Players at Each Position
3. A) Hall of Fame Position Players Ranked
    B) Hall of Fame Pitchers Ranked
4. A) Baseball's Best Complete Batters
    B) All-Time 25 Best Hitters
5. How the Red Sox (and Owner Harry Frazee) and the 'Black Sox' (Of Charlie Comiskey and
His '8 Men Out') Dismantled Their
   
Teams and Started the N.Y. Yankee Dynasty 15 Years Early
6. The Original - Iron Man - Joe Mc Ginnity
7. Baseball's Greatest Total Pitchers (since 1893)
8. The Greatest Player Ever
9. Joe Jackson For The Hall Of Fame

10.Mark's First Shutout

1. MARK'S BASEBALL COMEBACK

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2. TOP 10 MLB PLAYERS AT EACH POSITION

TOP 10 MLB PLAYERS AT EACH POSITION - OCTOBER, 2017
COMPOSITE RANKINGS (COMBINING 2 STATS)
RIGHT FIELD CENTER FIELD LEFT FIELD
#. 1 Babe Ruth #. 1 Ty Cobb #1. Ted Williams
Hank Aaron Willie Mays Barry Bonds (Just 1986-1998 only)
Mel Ott Tris Speaker Rickey Henderson
Frank Robinson Mickey Mantle Carl Yastrzemski
Sam Crawford Joe DiMaggio Ed Delahanty
Al Kaline Ken GriffeyJr. Joe Jackson
Harry Heilmann Billy Hamilton F. Clarke
Paul Warner Jim Edmonds Sherry Magee
Reggie Jackson Mike Trout Bob Johnson
R. Clemente/Larry Walker Duke Snider Jessee Burkett
SHORT STOP 3rd BASE 2nd BASE
Honus Wagner Mike Schmidt Rogers Hornsbay
Arky Vaughn Eddie Mathews Eddie Collins
George Davis Chipper Jones Nap Lajoie
Cal Ripkin Wade Boggs Joe Morgan
Barry Larkin George Brett Charlie Gehringer
Lou Boudreau Edgar Martinez Bobby Grich
Luke Appling Paul Molitor Lou Whitaker
Joe Cronin Adrian Beltre Jackie Robinson
Robin Yount Frank Baker Robinson Cano
Derek Jeter Ron Santo Jeff Kent
1st BASE CATCHER PITCHER
#1. Stan Musial 1#. Mike Piazza #1. Walter Johnson
Lou Gehrig Johnny Bench Cy Young
Jimmie Foxx Yogi Berra Grover Cleveland Alexander
Albert Pujols Gene Tenance Gregg Maddux
Cap Anson Bill Dickey Lefty Grove
Dan Brouthers Mickey Cochrane Kid Nichols
Frank Thomas Joe Torre Randy Johnson
Jeff Bagwell Gabby Hartnett Tom Seaver
Robin Yount Joe Maurer Pedro Martinez
Miguel Cabrera Carlson Fisk Christy Mathewson

3a. HALL OF FAME POSITION PLAYERS RANKED (in order from best to worst) into 3 categories based on 4-5 comprehensive (includes batting, fielding and running) statistical compilations.

TOP 50 = THE ALL-TIME ELITE
  RF CF LF 1B 2B 3B SS C
TOP 50 THE
ALL-TIME ELITE
Babe Ruth Ty Cobb Ted Williams Lou Gehrig Rogers Hornsby Mike Schmidt Honus Wagner  
Hank Aaron Willie Mays Stan Musial Jimmie Foxx Eddie Collins Eddie Matthews Arky Vaughn  
Mel Ott Mickey Mantle Rickey Henderson Dan Brouthers Nap LaJoie George Brett Cal Ripken  
Frank Robinson Tris Speaker Ed Delahanty Roger Connor Joe Morgan Wade Boggs Robin Yount  
Reggie Jackson Joe DiMaggio Carl Yastrzemski Willie McCovey Charlie Gehringer Frank Baker    
Sam Crawford Duke Snider Tony Gywnn Johnny Mize Rod Carew Paul Molitor    
Al Kaline   Billy Williams Harmon Killebrew        
Paul Waner   Dave Winfield Eddie Murray        
Harry Heilmann     Willie Stargell        
Roberto Clemente     Cap Anson        
NEXT 50 = GOOD TO BORDERLINE SELECTIONS
  RF CF LF 1B 2B 3B SS C
NEXT 50 GOOD TO BORDERLINE SELECTIONS King Kelly Billy Hamilton Fred Clarke Hank Greenberg Frankie Frisch Brooks Robinson Luke Appling Yogi Berra
Elmer Flick Earl Averill Al Simmons Billy Terry Ryne Sandberg   Joe Cronin Johnny Bench
Sam Thompson Edd Roush Jesse Burkett Orlando Cepeda Jackie Robinson   George Davis Buck Ewing
Larry Doby Richie Ashburn Zack Wheat Tony Perez Tony Lazzeri   Lou Boudreau Gary Carter
Willie Keeler Kirby Puckett Goose Goslin Jake Beckley Bid McPhee   Ernie Banks Carlton Fisk
Enos Slaughter Andre Dawson Joe Medwick   Billy Herman   Bobby Wallace Gabby Hartnett
    Joe Kelley       Ozzie Smith Bill Dickey
    Ralph Kiner       PeeWee Reese Mickey Cochrane
    Lou Brock          
    Jim O'Rourke          
BOTTOM 40+ = THE MISTAKES, WORST SELECTIONS, SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN ELECTED
  RF CF LF 1B 2B 3B SS C
BOTTOM 40+ = THE MISTAKES, WORST SELECTIONS, SHOULD NOT HAVE BEEN ELECTED Kiki Cuyler Max Carey Jim Rice George Sisler Bobby Doerr Jimmy Collins Hughie Jennings Roger Bresnahan
Chuck Klein Hack Wilson Heinie Manush Frank Chance Joe Gordon Pie Traynor Joe Sewell Ernie Lombardi
Sam Rice Harry Hooper Chick Hafey Jim Bottomley Nellie Fox George Kell Dave Bancroft Roy Campanella
Ross Youngs Earl Combs   George Kelly Johnny Evers Freddie Lindstrom Joe Tinker Rick Ferrell
Tommy McCarthy Hugh Duffy     Red Schoendienst   Phil Rizzuto Ray Schalk
  Lloyd Waner     Bill Mazeroski   Rabbit Maranville  
            Louie Aparicio  
            Travis Jackson  
            John Ward  

3b. HALL OF FAME PITCHERS RANKED in order, divided into 4 categories, based on compilations (averaging) of 4 comprehensive statistical ratings.

THE ELITE GOOD BORDERLINE SELECTIONS THE MISTAKES (WORST SELECTIONS)
Walter Johnson Gaylord Perry Tim Keefe Waite Hoyt
Cy Young Steve Carlton Eppa Rixey Jack Chesbro
Grover Cleveland Alexander Phil Niekro Red Ruffing Chief Bender
Christy Mathewson Mordaci Brown Early Wynn Herb Pennock
Lefty Grove Ed Walsh Burleigh Grimes Pud Galvin
Kid Nichols Amos Rusie Don Drysdale Lefty Gomez
Warren Spahn Robin Roberts Stan Coveleski Catfish Hunter
Tom Seaver Carl Hubbell Rube Waddell Rube Marquard
John Clarkson Fergie Jenkins Nolan Ryan Jesse Haines
Bob Gibson Jim Palmer Red Faber Mickey Welch
Eddie Plank Hal Newhouser Bob Lemon  
  Joe McGinnity Dazzy Vance  
  Bob Feller Jim Bunning  
  Ted Lyons Whitey Ford  
  Vic Willis Charlie Radbourn  
  Juan Marichal Don Sutton  
  Hoyt Wilhelm Sandy Koufax  
  Dennis Eckersley Addie Joss  
    Dizzy Dean  
    Rollie Ringers  
    Rich Gossage  
    Bruce Sutter  

4a. BASEBALL'S BEST COMPLETE BATTERS
(1893-2009 Retired with 3,000 + Plate Appearances)

BASEBALL'S BEST COMPLETE BATTERS
  1. Babe Ruth*
  2. Ted Williams*
  3. Barry Bonds - Aided by Steroid Use
  4. Lou Gehrig*
  5. Rogers Hornsby*
  6. Mickey Mantle*
  7. Joe Jackson
  8. Ty Cobb*
  9. Jimmie Foxx*
  10. Mark McGuire - Aided by Steroid Use
  11. Stan Musial*
  12. Hank Greenberg*
  13. Johnny Mize*
  14. Tris Speaker*
  15. Dick Allen
  16. Willie Mays*
  17. Frank Thomas
  18. Hank Aaron*
  19. Joe Di Maggio*
  20. Mel Ott*
  21. Frank Robinson*
  22. Ed Delahanty*
  23. Charlie Keller
  24. Gary Cravath
  25. Nap Lajoie*
  26. Honus Wagner*

* Hall of Famer

 

4b. ALL-TIME 25 BEST HITTERS -
'Baseball's Most Complete Batters - Twenty-five since 1900'
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25 MOST COMPLETE BATTERS SINCE 1900

Stats Thru 1995 - When Article Was Written  #'s - Denote All-Time Rankings   *-Active Player in 1995

Player Offensive Quotient Bases to Out Ratio Slug Avg. On Base Avg. Bat Avg.
Babe Ruth 218 - #1 1.421 - #1 .690 - #1 .474 - #2 .342 - #6
Ted Williams 210 - #2 1.366 - #2 .634 - #2 .483 - #1 .344 - #5
Lou Gehrig 177 - #3 1.243 - #3 .632 - #3 .447 - #3 .340 - #11
Rogers Hornsby 177 - #3 1.096 - #8 .577 - #8 .434 - #4 .358 - #2
Frank Thomas 177 - #3 1.242 - #4 .593 - #6 .453 - #5 .323
Mickey Mantle 176 - #6 1.097 - #7 .557 - #11 .423 - #12 .298
Jimmie Foxx 173 - #7 1.167 - #5 .609 - #4 .428 - #6 .325 - #25
Ty Cobb 170 - #8 .980 - #20 .512 .433 - #5 .366 - #1
Willie Mc Covey 169 - #9 .929 .515 .377 .270
Johnny Mize 168 - #10 1.010 - #17 .562 - #9 .397 .312
Stan Musial 166 - #11 1.053 - #10 .559 - #10 .418 - #15 .331 - #20
Dick Allen 164 - #12 .952 .534 - #22 .381 .292
Joe Jackson 164 - #12 .964 - #24 .517 .423 - #12 .356 - #3
Mel Ott 162 - #14 1.025 - #13 .533 - #24 .414 - #17 .304
Tris Speaker 161 - #15 .970 - #22 .500 .428 - #6 .345 - #4
Mike Schmidt 160 - #16 .966 - #23 .527 .384 .267
Hank Greenberg 160 - #16 1.120 - #6 .605 - #5 .412 - #19 .313
Harmon Killebrew 159 - #18 .940 .509 .379 .256
Hack Wilson 159 - #18 .990 - #19 .545 - #15 .395 .307
Charlie Keller 159 - #18 1.015 - #16 .518 .410 - #21 .286
Willie Mays 158 - #21 .991 - #18 .557 - #11 .387 .302
*Barry Bonds 157 - #22 1.017 - #14 .541 - #17 .398 .286
Ralph Kiner 156 - #23 1.029 - #11 .548 - #14 .398 .279
Frank Robinson 154 - #24 .961 - #25 .537 - #19 .392 .294
Honus Wagner 154 - #24 .830 .466 .390 .327 - #23
 

5. HOW THE RED SOX (AND OWNER HARRY FRAZEE) AND THE 'BLACK SOX' (OF CHARLIE COMISKEY AND HIS '8 MEN OUT') DISMANTLED THEIR TEAMS AND STARTED THE N.Y. YANKEE DYNASTY 15 YEARS EARLY

Heading into the 1920s the 2 dominant teams in baseball were the Boston Red Sox (World Series Winners in 1915, 1916 and 1918) and the Chicago White Sox (who won the 1917 World Series and then whose ÎBlack Soxâ lost/threw the 1919 World Series). Between July 1919 and January 1923 the Red Sox Frazee sold/traded to the Yankees not only Babe Ruth (who as a Yankee became the greatest hitter ever) but also Bostonâs 5 top starting pitchers (Carl Mays, Joe Bush, Sam Jones and future Hall of Famerâs Waite Hoyt and Herb Pennock), plus starters catcher Wally Schang, shortstop Everett Scott and third baseman Joe Dugan. Even the Red (1918-20) Sox Manager Ed Barrow left to become Yankee general manager in 1921.

In late September, 1920, with the White Sox only ¸ game out of 1st place with a week to go, Charlie Comiskey suspended, and commissioner Keensaw Mountain Landis banned for life, the infamous Î8 Men Outâ (who threw the previous World Series to the Cincinnati Reds) who included 2 (Ed Cicotte and Lefty Williams) of the White Sox top 4 pitchers plus starters ö shortstop Swede Risberg, third baseman Buck Weaver, centerfielder Happy Felsh and leftfielder ÎShoelessâ Joe Jackson (with the 3rd highest batting average of all-time .356 and who is the best retired player not in the Hall of Fame.

With the two powerhouse Sox teams decimated by each losing 6-9 talented starting players/pitchers, it opened the door wide open for the Yankees to win their first ever Pennant in 1921, repeat in 1922 and then capture their first World Series Championship in 1923. Without obtaining Babe Ruth (and his 659 home runs as a Yankee) and their 5 top starting pitchers (won combined for 521 wins and 8-20 win seasons in New York) from the Red Sox, and without Chicago having their 8 Black Sox banned for the rest of their careers, it is extremely likely that the Yankees would have waited 15 more years, until their 1936-39 Juggernaut teams, to win their first A.L. Pennant and first World Series.

The 1918 World Series Champion Boston Red Sox were led by Babe Ruthâs League leading 11 homers and his 13 wins as their #4 pitcher. #1 pitcher Carl Maus has 21 wins, #2 Joe Bush had 15 wins and #3 Sam Jones had 16 wins, as these top 4 Red Sox hurlers combined for 65 wins or 86% of Bostonâs victories. Shortstop Everett Scott led the leagueâs shortstops in fielding % while Ed Barrow managed the Champs. Then over the next 31/2 years these 9 key Red Sox players and their manager were dispatched to the Yankees, where they turned New York into winners.

In 1920 Ruthâs .376 batting average, record 54 homers and 177 RBI plus #1 pitcher Carl Maysâ 26 wins guided the Yanks to 95 wins. Then in 1921, the New Yorkers won 98 games and their first A.L. Pennant with Ruth (.378, a new record 59 homers , 171 RBI), Schang (.316), #1 pitcher Mays (27 wins) and #2 Waite Hoyt (19 wins) plus new G.M. Ed Barrow, leading the way.

For each of the next 3 years (1922-24) the Yankees were boosted by having 4 ex-Red Sox in their starting lineup, plus 4 ex-Bostonian starting pitchers. 1922âs Pennant winners had Ruth (35 homers), Schang (.319), shortstop Everett Scott league leading fielding % and Joe Dugan as everyday players while #1 pitcher Joe Bush (26 wins), #3 Hoyt (19 wins), #4 Sam Jones (13 wins) and #5 Mays (12 wins) combined for 71 (75%) of New Yorkâs 94 wins.

In 1923, ÎThe Red Sox Connectionâ hit their peak leading the Yankees to their 1st World Series win ö just 5 years (1918) after leading Boston to what would be their last World Series triumph for 86 long years. Ruth (.393, 41 HR, 131 RBI), Duganâs league leading fielding % at third base, Scott leading the leagueâs shortstops in fielding % again and Schang were regulars. Plus 4 ex-Sox were now the Yankees top 4 pitchers - #1 Jones (21 wins), #2 Herb Pennock (19 wins), #3 Bush (19 wins) and #4 Hoyt (17 wins), as they combined for 76 (77%) of the teams 98 wins. Then in 1924, Ruth (.378, 46  HRs, 121 RBI), Dugan (.302), Schang and Scott were staring in the field. As #1 pitcher Pennock (21 wins), #2 Hoyt (18 wins), #3 Bush (17 wins) plus #5 Jones (9 wins) combined for 65 (73%) of the Yanks 89 wins.

Except for Ruth, who contributed mightily through 1933, the Yankees 3 consecutive Pennants (1926-28) featured the last major contributors from the former Red Sox. By 1926, Ruth (.372, 47 HR, 145 RBI) and Dugan remained as everyday players, while #1 pitcher Pennock (23 wins), #3 Hoyt (16 wins) and #4 Jones combined for 52% of the teamâs 91 wins. The 1927 and 1928 Yankees won their 5th and 6th Pennants plus their 2nd and 3rd World Series, all since 1921, with all these winners strongly aided by ÎThe Red Sox Connection.â In 1927, Ruth (.356, new record 60 homers, 164 RBI) and Dugan were again regulars. While #1 pitcher Hoyt won 22 and #3 Pennock added 19 wins. Again in 1928, Ruth (.323, 54 homers, 142 RBI) and Dugan were starters, as #2 pitcher Hoyt (23 wins) and #3 Pennock (17 wins) continued their winning ways.

From 1929-31, only Ruth was still a major contributor with excellent seasons of .345, 56 HRs, 154 RBI/.359, 49 homers, 153 RBI/.373, 46 HRs, 163 RBI. In â29 Hoyt was the #5 pitcher (10 wins) while in both â30 and â31 Pennock was the #4 pticher with 11 wins both years.

In a last hurrah, Ruth in 1932 hit .341 with 41 homers and 137 RBI to lead the club to a 7th Pennant and a 4th World Series win, with him in Yankee pinstripes. In 1933 (at 38 years old) he still hit .301 with 34 HRs and 103 RBI and then in â34, his last year as a Yankee, he belted 22 homers (including his career 700th) as a 39 year old.

As for the Î8 Men Outâ Black Sox, in Chicagoâs World Series winning 1917 campaign, #1 pitcher Cicotte won 28 and #3 Williams-17, while outfielders Felsh hit .308 with 102 RBI and Joe Jackson batted .301. As the White Sox won the 1919 Pennant, #1 pitcher Cicotte had 29 wins while #2 Williams had 23, and Joe Jackson hit .356. In their last season together, 1920, before the banishment that September, the 8 Black Sox led the team to 96 wins with #2 pitcher Cicotte (21 wins), #4 Williams (22 wins), Joe Jackson batting .382 with 121 RBI, Felsh hitting .338 plus 115 RBI while Weaver hit .333.

6. THE ORIGINAL - IRON MAN - JOE MC GINNITY

Hall of Fame pitcher Joe McGinnity earned his nickname the "Iron Man." In his 26-year pro career, 'Iron Man' Joe McGinnity pitched 9 complete Doubleheaders (All 18 innings). In his 10-year Major League career, the 'Iron Man' hurled 5 complete twin bills - including 3 sweeps (winning both games himself) in one month - August 1903! During his 16-year Minor League career, 'Iron Man' McGinnity threw 4 more complete Doubleheaders, including 3 more sweeps, the last one coming in May 1917, when he was 46 years old!

After breaking into the Majors as a 28-year old rookie, McGinnity won 20 games in each of the first eight seasons of his 10-year M.L.B. career, wich resulted in 246 wins and election in the Hall of Fame. Then at 38, McGinnity pitched the next 10 years, plus 3 more years in his fifties, in the minors - while ringing up 207 more victories. In his forties - 'Iron Man' at 42 wins 22 and pitches 436 innings; at 43 wins 21 and pitchers 363 innings; at 44 wins 21 with a 1.75 E.R.A. in 355 innings; and at 45 wins 20 games for the 6th and final time in the Minors. Then after "retiring" for 3 seasons, the 'Iron Man' came back to pitch at 51, 52 and 54 years old, winning a total of 27 more games in his fifties.

McGinnity's 481 professional wins (246 in the Majors and 235 in the Minors) are 2nd Best All-Time, trailing only the incomparable Cy Young with 511 wins (all in the Major Leagues!).

  SEASONS WINS 20-WIN SEASONS 300+ INNINGS PITCHED SEASONS INNINGS PITCHED GAMES PITCHED COMPLETE
18 INNING DOUBLEHEADERS PITCHED
MAJORS 10 246 8 9 3,441 465 5
MINORS 16 235 6 5 3,821 595 4
PROFESSIONAL TOTALS 26 481 14 14 7,262 1,060 9 -  INCLUDING 6 PERSONAL SWEEPS

7. BASEBALL'S GREATEST TOTAL PITCHERS (SINCE 1893)

As a counterpoint to my book - Baseball's Greatest Total Hitters, I've formulated a list entitled: 'Baseball's Greatest Total Pitchers' (since 1893).

Rankings are based on high seasonal win totals and percentage ERA bettered league's ERA. *Short careers - Ed Walsh, Addie Joss, Dizzy Dean
**Roger Clemens would have ranked #6 if not for the substantial steroid allegations against him
***Babe Ruth had the talent to make the Hall of Fame as a pitcher but he decided he wanted to be an every day batter/player.

  1. Cy Young
  2. Walter Johnson
  3. Lefty Grove
  4. Christy Matthewson
  5. Grover Cleveland Alexander
  6. Jim Palmer
  7. Warren Spahn
  8. Greg Maddux
  9. Tom Seaver
  10. Randy Johnson (Active 2009)
  11. Mordeci Brown
  12. Pedro Martinez (Active 2009)
  13. Steve Carlton
  14. Kid Nichols
  15. Bob Gibson

8. THE GREATEST PLAYER EVER

The greatest player who ever lived was Babe Ruth. His lifetime career statistics include a .342 batting average (#6 since 1900), .474 on base % (#2), .690 slugging % (#1), with 714 homers (#3), 2213 RBI (#2), 2174 runs (#3) and 2,062 walks (#3) resulting in his ranking as the #1 Hitter of All Time!

But there's more...Ruth was an excellent pitcher, before he became the greatest player ever. Ruth won 94 games as a pitcher with 67 wins before his 23rd birthday, before he started playing in the field in 1918, with a 2.28 career ERA and .671 career winning %. There is every reason to believe he would have been a 300+ game winner and Hall of Fame pitcher, had he continued to pitch. The Babe was a high average hitter, the best power hitter ever and a top pitcher, all of which combined clearly made him the best player ever.

9. JOE JACKSON FOR THE HALL OF FAME

Joe Jackson deserves his place in the Hall of Fame. His .356 career batting is the 3rd best ever. As for the $5,000 from the Black Sox 1919 World Series, he batted .375 (the best on either team) and made no errors in the field. He was given/thrown the $5,000 by a teammate then he tried to give it to the White Sox Team Owner - Charles Comiskey, who would not see Jackson. Jackson put the money in the bank, used it to help other people and never spent it on himself.

10. MARK'S FIRST SHUTOUT

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