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Best Baseball Teams Ever

James A. Watkins is an entrepreneur, musician, and a writer with four non-fiction books and hundreds of magazine articles read by millions.

1998 New York Yankees

There is no end to the statistical comparisons that could be made to select the best baseball teams in history. I set out to review the data and this led to me to discover that since 1907, twelve baseball teams (only two in the NL) not only won the World Series in a four game sweep, but also won the most games of any team in either league during the regular season. Six teams have accomplished this feat after World War Two, when baseball began to integrate.

1998 New York Yankees—This team won 125 games against only 50 losses (including the postseason), which set the all time best record among baseball teams. The 1998 Yankees would score 965 runs to lead MLB; post an AL best 4.04 pitching ERA; and play the best defense.

Randy Wells led the AL in winning percentage among pitchers (.818) with a record of 18-4, while issuing the fewest walks per nine innings, and tossing 5 shutouts including a perfect game. David Cone won 20 games and Mariano Rivera was a stalwart Closer.

Bernie Williams would lead the league in hitting (.339) for the 1998 New York Yankees, while Derek Jeter would score the most Runs (127). Paul O'Neill, Chuck Knoblauch and Tino Martinez played key roles in the offense.

Joe Torre won the Manager of the Year Award.

JOE MORGAN NL MVP FOR 1976 WORLD CHAMPIONS THE CINCINNATI REDS

JOE MORGAN NL MVP FOR 1976 WORLD CHAMPIONS THE CINCINNATI REDS

1976 Cincinnati Reds

1976 Cincinnati Reds—This team was led by the NL Most Valuable Player, Joe Morgan. George Foster drove in 121 Runs, while Rawly Eastwick Saved 26 Games—both leading the Major Leagues. The 1976 Reds scored the most Runs in MLB (857) and were the best defensive team. Morgan would lead the majors in both OBP (.444) and Slugging (.576).

Pete Rose would lead the majors in Runs Scored (130), Hits (215) and Doubles (42). Ken Griffey and Johnny Bench also played key roles in the offense. The pitching staff was led by Gary Nolan (fewest walks among all starters MLB per nine innings), Fred Norman, and Rookie of the Year Pat Zachry.

The 1976 Cincinnati Reds, managed by Sparky Anderson, had a regular season record of 102-60; and became the first team with a perfect postseason of more than four games (7-0).

RICKEY HENDERSON OF THE 1989 WORLD CHAMPION OAKLAND ATHLETICS

RICKEY HENDERSON OF THE 1989 WORLD CHAMPION OAKLAND ATHLETICS

1989 Oakland Athletics

1989 Oakland Athletics — This was the year of "Earthquake Series." The 1989 Athletics were managed by Tony LaRussa to records of 99-63 in the regular season; and 8-1 in the postseason.

The 1989 Oakland Athletics featured the best pitching in the AL with an ERA of 3.56 as a team. Their great starting rotation included Dave Stewart, Mike Moore, Bob Welch and Storm Davis—who went a combined 76-35. Closer Dennis Eckersley led an incredible bullpen with help especially from Rick Honeycutt.

The key offensive players were Dave Parker, Mark McGuire, Carney Lansford (hardest batter in the AL to strike out) and Rickey Henderson—who topped the majors with 113 Runs Scored and 77 stolen bases, while he drew the most walks in the AL (126).

JOE DIMAGGIO OF THE 1950 NEW YORK YANKEES: WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS

JOE DIMAGGIO OF THE 1950 NEW YORK YANKEES: WORLD SERIES CHAMPIONS

1950 New York Yankees

1950 New York Yankees—The 1950 Yankees went 98-56, and were managed by Casey Stengel. Joe DiMaggio topped the NL for slugging percentage (.585), while Yogi Berra and Phil Rizzuto also had outstanding offensive statistics.

The starting rotation of the 1950 New York Yankees featured four 15 game winners, including Vic Raschi (21-8), who led the league in winning percentage (.724); Ed Lopat, Allie Reynolds and Tommy Byrne. Rookie pitcher Whitey Ford won 9 out of 10 decisions.

FRANK ROBINSON TRIPLE CROWN WINNER FOR BALTIMORE ORIOLES; THE 1966 WORLD CHAMPIONS

FRANK ROBINSON TRIPLE CROWN WINNER FOR BALTIMORE ORIOLES; THE 1966 WORLD CHAMPIONS

1966 Baltimore Orioles

1966 Baltimore Orioles—Frank Robinson, MVP, had one of the finest offensive seasons for a hitter as he won the elusive Triple Crown—leading the AL in batting (.316), RBI (122), and the major leagues with 49 Home Runs. He also led majors in slugging, OPS, Total Bases and Runs.

The 1966 Orioles would lead the league with 755 Runs Scored, and have the best defensive team. Frank had help as Brooks Robinson (no relation), Boog Powell, Curt Blefary and Luis Aparicio also had big offensive years.

The pitching staff was led by Jim Palmer, Dave McNally, and an excellent bullpen. Hank Bauer managed the 1966 Baltimore Orioles to a regular season record of 97-93.

JOSH BECKETT 20 GAME WINNER FOR 2007 WORLD SERIES WINNERS THE BOSTON RED SOX

JOSH BECKETT 20 GAME WINNER FOR 2007 WORLD SERIES WINNERS THE BOSTON RED SOX

2007 Boston Red Sox

2007 Boston Red Sox—Terry Francona managed the 2007 Red Sox to a 96-66 record; followed by an 11-3 run in the postseason.

The 2007 Boston Red Sox would post the best ERA in the American League (3.87). Josh Beckett led the pitchers 20 wins; Jon Lester and Tim Wakefield had outstanding seasons as well. Jonathan Papelbon had an excellent year as the Closer, and the entire relief corps was tremendous. The offense firepower was provided by David Ortiz, Mike Lowell and Dustin Pedroia.

BABE RUTH LED THE 1927 NEW YORK YANKEES TO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

BABE RUTH LED THE 1927 NEW YORK YANKEES TO WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP

1927 New York Yankees

Before Baseball Teams were integrated, five of the only six teams to post the best record in regular season and then sweep the World Series were the Yankees of New York.

1927 Yankees—Record: 110-44; Manager: Miller Huggins. Best Pitching (3.20) and hitting (976 Runs) in MLB; best defense in AL.

Top Hitters: Lou Gehrig (447 TB, 175 RBI, 52 Doubles—all major league highs); Babe Ruth (.486 OBP, .772 SLG, 158 Runs, 137 Walks, 60 HR—all tops in MLB); Earle Combs (231 Hits topped AL, 23 triples best in MLB); Bob Meusel; and Tony Lazzeri.

Top Pitchers: Wilcy Moore 19-7 and 13 saves (led MLB) with 2.28 ERA (MLB best)—also lowest Hits allowed per nine in AL; Waite Hoyt 22-7 (best WPCT MLB .759); Urban Shocker 18-6; and Herb Pinnock 19-8.

FRANK CHANCE MANAGER 1907 WORLD CHAMPION CHICAGO CUBS

FRANK CHANCE MANAGER 1907 WORLD CHAMPION CHICAGO CUBS

1907 Chicago Cubs

1907 Chicago Cubs—Frank Chance, Manager. Record: 107-45. 5 pitchers with at least 14 wins led by Ed Reulbach 17-4 (.810 WPCT NL best); Orval Overall 23-7; Mordecai Brown 20-6 (lowest base runners per nine MLB); Carl Lundgren 18-7; and Jack Pfiester— 1.15 ERA (best in MLB). The team ERA of 1.73 was lowest in MLB. Best fielding team MLB.

1939 New York Yankees

1939 Yankees—(106-45) managed by Joe McCarthy. Led majors with 966 Runs and had best defense; lowest team ERA in AL (3.31).

Offensive leaders: Joe DiMaggio hit .381 (MLB best), Red Rolfe 139 Runs and 213 Hits (both MLB highs), George Selkirk, Joe Gordon, Frankie Crosetti, and Bill Dickey.

Top pitchers: 7 10-game winners led by Red Ruffing 21 wins (AL best) versus 7 losses; Atley Donald 13-3 (best WPCT MLB .813); Johnny Murphy 19 saves (tops in MLB).

1932 New York Yankees

1932 Yankees—(107-47) managed by Joe McCarthy.

Best MLB offense scored 1002 Runs featuring: Lou Gehrig; Babe Ruth (MLB best .489 OBP & 130 walks); Ben Chapman (38 SB were MLB high); Earle Combs; and Tony Lazzeri.

Best ERA in AL of 3.98 and starters went 75-26: Johnny Allen 17-4 (MLB best WPCT of .810 & fewest hits allowed per nine); Lefty Gomez 24-7; Red Ruffing 18-7 (AL best 190 Strikeouts); George Pipgras 16-9

MILLER HUGGINS MANAGED 1928 NEW YORK YANKEES TO WORLD SERIES WIN

MILLER HUGGINS MANAGED 1928 NEW YORK YANKEES TO WORLD SERIES WIN

1928 New York Yankees

1928 Yankees—(101-53) Miller Huggins, Manager. Team led MLB with 894 Runs.

Best Hitters: Babe Ruth topped all MLB with .709 SLG, 163 Runs, 380 TB, 137 walks, 54 HR, 142 RBI; Lou Gehrig (.467 OBP AL best), 142 RBI (MLB leader); Earle Combs; and Bob Meusel.

Top pitchers were Waite Hoyt 23-7 (and MLB best 8 Saves); George Pipgras (led AL with 24 wins and 301 innings pitched); Herb Pinnock 17-6.

LOU GEHRIG 1938 NEW YORK YANKEES: WORLD CHAMPIONS

LOU GEHRIG 1938 NEW YORK YANKEES: WORLD CHAMPIONS

1938 New York Yankees

1938 Yankees (99-53) Joe McCarthy, Manager. Team scored most runs in MLB—966; and posted lowest ERA in AL of 3.91; best fielding AL.

Offense led by: Joe DiMaggio; Lou Gehrig; Red Rolfe; Bill Dickey; Frankie Crosetti; and Tommy Henrich.

Pitching led by: Red Ruffing 21 (AL best)-7; Steve Sundra 11-1; Lefty Gomez; Monty Pearson; Spud Chandler; Johnny Murphy (11 Saves AL best).

Comments

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on November 03, 2016:

CUBS WIN!!! I will have to edit this Hub to add in the 2016 Chicago Cubs as they surely qualify as one of the 'Best Baseball Teams Ever.'

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on November 03, 2016:

Guriya~ You are quite welcome. Thank you for the gracious compliments. I am well pleased you enjoyed my article.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on November 03, 2016:

Mifistofelb~ While your comments are fascinating I do not see the correlation of them with baseball.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on November 03, 2016:

Thank you, Linda, for your comments about the Minnesota Twins.

Guriya on August 29, 2013:

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Mifistofelb on August 27, 2013:

It is easy to "prove" whatever you want. Just work out the anwress you want and then design the questions to deliver the predetermined outcome.These people usually give themselves away in the "solutions" they offer. Invariably they use the magic f word and call for more funding, as these "researchers" have done. One of the main reasons we have so much social dysfunction is because of the vested interests that have built an industry around it. Have you noticed, they are the only ones allowed to offer ways of dealing with the problem. Anyone who comes up with something that might work gets shot down very quickly as they threaten the livelihood of the reef fish feeding on the carcase of dysfunction, whether real or imagined.Get a social science degree, invent a problem and then call for funding. The best way to do this is to do a "survey". So it goes on.

Linda on August 25, 2013:

I think it might be different for each team. The Twins used to start silleng tickets at Twinsfest and online for everyone and that was in late January-early February but this year, they didn\'t sell tickets online until early March for non-season ticket holders. Season ticket holders choose their tickets much earlier and pay for them before the other tickets go on sale. I have season tickets for the Twins and always choose my package in the fall and pay for them in January or February.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on December 15, 2011:

Peyton Hillis— Thank you!! Thank you very much! :)

Peyton Hillis on December 12, 2011:

I think that this website is inaccurate because the 2011 Cleveland Indians aren't on the list. peyton out

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on August 22, 2010:

Experience New York— You may well be right. They do have caps in other sports, though, right? I am familiar with the story of Shoeless Joe. That would be a good Hub. Thank you for visiting my Hub. I appreciate your comments.

Experience New York on August 22, 2010:

I am for caps, unfortunately it's unrealistic because if a cap was set, players would strike. Then what's the point if there are no players. Shoeless Joe was part of the scandal, though it's unclear if that's true. It's called the Black Sox Scandal. It would be an interesting hub to try and do. Outside of my game. My only problem is the on I just published took forever because of having to work so much this past week.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on June 17, 2010:

PeopleZWireless— Give the man a receipt!! :D

Thank you for visiting and commenting. Welcome to the Hub Pages Community.

PeopleZWireless from Oklahoma City, OK on June 17, 2010:

1998 Yankees bought that year... They need a receipt!

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on June 15, 2010:

no 1— Because I'm a Cubs fan? I'm just kidding. The Cardinals have had many great ballclubs. On this list I only included teams that won the most games in the regular season AND won the World Series. Thanks for visiting and commenting.

no 1 on June 13, 2010:

im just wondering why arnt any of the STL cardinals in this

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on February 18, 2010:

marc--- You are right about that. Thanks for the reminder. That was my man Sweet Lou! :D

marc on February 17, 2010:

2001 Mariners = 116 wins. Nobody has more

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on December 07, 2009:

JaShinYa— That's true. I had forgotten that the player's union was a stickler for no caps.

I appreciate the thought about the nomination. It is enough you came you, you read, you appreciated, and you let me know. Thanks!

Josh Musser from Harrisburg, PA on December 07, 2009:

I am for caps, unfortunately it's unrealistic because if a cap was set, players would strike. Then what's the point if there are no players.

Shoeless Joe was part of the scandal, though it's unclear if that's true. It's called the Black Sox Scandal. It would be an interesting hub to try and do. Outside of my game. My only problem is the on I just published took forever because of having to work so much this past week.

I thought so. I was looking to nominate you, but i thought you may have been here too long for that.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on December 07, 2009:

JaShinYa— I am on the fence about true caps. I lean toward saying yes because competitiveness is important in any league. You refer to shoeless Joe Jackson. That would be an interesting Hub. Are you going to do it?

Yes, too late for me. Not a rookie anymore. I have never been nominated for a HubNugget nor invited for those interviews they do each week. I must be too controversial. :)

Josh Musser from Harrisburg, PA on December 07, 2009:

New York Yankees. The best money can buy. Do you think a cap should be set on salaries?

Also, since you brought up the reds, it made me think of the scandal between them and the White Sox where the games were thrown. I think a good list to make would be biggest baseball scandals!

Also, you are no longer eligible for hubnuggets, correct?

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on November 26, 2009:

I have to agree with you that the 2004 Red Sox were a great team. There is no sure-fire way to decide these things. I wanted to spark discussion at least. The Red Sox had a big monkey on their backs to overcome and their success under this pressure surely qualifies them as one of the greatest teams. Thank you for coming by to visit and leaving your excellent comments.

Truth From Truth from Michigan on November 26, 2009:

My first thought was how could you leave out the 2004 red sox. My next thought was that there are too many Yankee teams on this list, however I must admit that im a Die Hard Red Sox fan and I am Truly biased in this arena. That being said this was still a fine Hub, well done again.

And in reviewing history I should keep bias out of it.

thanks.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on October 02, 2009:

stars439— God Bless You! Thank you for visiting my Hubs. You always leave a word of affirmation. I love it!

stars439 from Louisiana, The Magnolia and Pelican State. on October 02, 2009:

Great Baseball Photographs and Article. God Bless

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on September 24, 2009:

Billsnotes— The Amazin' Mets were indeed amazing. Of course, I was a 14 year old Cub fan so they broke my little heart. :)

Great team though. I remember the players very well. I'll bet that was a blast for y'all.

Welcome to the Hub Pages Community!

Billsnotes on September 24, 2009:

Although no one would ever consider them a "best" team in baseball, I think the '69 Amazin' Mets provided the "best fun" for those of us who lived in NYC at the time.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on September 17, 2009:

sumon6— Thank you and you are welcome.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on September 17, 2009:

Great team! I enjoyed tracking them that year. I saw the Red Sox the first game they played at Wrigley Field. Exciting game. Cubs won 8-7, I believe. Thanks for tuning in.

sumon6 from USA on September 17, 2009:

Got the good hub.

Thanks

tksensei on September 17, 2009:

What about the 2004 Red Sox?

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on September 16, 2009:

niguilgreer— I know, I know. How about the 1968 Tigers? I didn't want to make the article too long so some very deserving teams aren't represented. Sorry to disappoint. But I appreciate the visit.

niguilgreer from Arizona on September 16, 2009:

Nice article. I'm a little disappointed, though. You left out the 1984 Detroit Tigers and the 1981 Dodgers (Ron Cey & Fernando Valenzuela, anyone?)

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on September 15, 2009:

royal diadem— It is a pleasure to see you here! Thank you for the nice compliment.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on September 15, 2009:

infonaturale— I appreciate it even more if you are not a fan. Thank you for leaving your comment.

royal diadem on September 15, 2009:

Great Hub on Baseball, I enjoy the information.

infonaturale from Nigeria on September 15, 2009:

Although I am not a baseball fan, I like your hub. It' s great with details.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on September 15, 2009:

drpastorcarlotta— HA! Well, I'd rather you be a fan of James than baseball anyway! I'm proud to be your friend, doctor. Thanks for visiting.

Pastor Dr Carlotta Boles from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC on September 15, 2009:

Hello James and blessings!!! I am not into Baseball but I am into YOU!!! I love the way you can take a subject and turn it into an interesting topic!! You have a wonderful talent for writing! Thank you for being my friend! Luv Luv... YOU GO!

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on September 15, 2009:

ftgfmom— How happy I am to be drawing so many non-baseball-fans. Interesting. :) It means a lot to me you took the come to come and visit anyway. Thank you!

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on September 15, 2009:

advisor4qb— You said it! Thank you. :D

ftgfmom on September 15, 2009:

I'm not a big baseball fan either but I had to come see. You are an awesome writer. I'm a football fan. You can write about the Carolina Panthers, wait until we're winning though. Win, Lose or Draw, I love'em.

advisor4qb from On New Footing on September 15, 2009:

What can I say? You did it again!

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on September 15, 2009:

maven101—I'm glad you wrote back. I was trying to remember who was on that team. How could anybody forget the great Reggie Jackson and the outstanding Rollie Fingers. Sal Bando. Campaneris. Sure! That was a better team. LaRussa must be a miracle worker. I think he is.

Thanks for the information. I enjoyed remembering those teams. That was a fine time for baseball, I think.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on September 15, 2009:

Tina Irene— Thank you for saying so. You are so nice.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on September 15, 2009:

vanderhaven— I am very pleased to read your comments. If I made it interesting, I suppose I accomplished my purpose in writing. Thank you for the affirmation. :-)

Larry Conners from Northern Arizona on September 15, 2009:

Don't forget Mr October, Reggie Jackson, Campy at short, Sal at 3rd, and Rollie Fingers, the mustachioed one...Larry

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on September 15, 2009:

maven101— 73-74? Joe Rudi, Catfish Hunter? Those were great teams.

Thank you, Larry, and you're welcome. :)

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on September 15, 2009:

GPAGE— Thank you! I still love to go see a MLB game a few times a year. Nothing like the old ballpark.

Well, tennis and soccer are good games and excellent exercise.

I appreciate you coming by and leaving. Always nice to hear from you.

Tina Irene on September 15, 2009:

James -

You're welcome. It's a beautiful hub!

vanderhaven on September 15, 2009:

I don't really consider myself to have either a like or even a dislike of baseball. I am sort of complacent I suppose. So, when I saw you posted a new hub and I went to read it, I was thinking, "Oh, it's about 'baseball'." I had no expectation of thinking it would be a memorable hub . But, surprise, surprise-- I like it a lot because I actually learned a few things and I am more informed now. Thanks!

Larry Conners from Northern Arizona on September 15, 2009:

Great Hub !! As an Oakland A's fan I am delighted you included the 1989 team in your list...Personally, I think the 1973-74 teams were better...Thanks, Larry

GPAGE from California on September 15, 2009:

James! GREAT hub as usual. ; I used to love to go to baseball games when I was younger. My son was on the Yankees this year in our hometown, but he got tired of the game.;

I guess it will just be Tennis and Soccer for now! G

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on September 15, 2009:

success79—Thank you. I appreciate you for taking the time to read it and for leaving your kind comments. :)

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on September 15, 2009:

Tina Irene— Thank you, Tina. I knew you were a Yankees fan and I would say they are well represented on this page. :)

I appreciate the visit. As always, a pleasure to receive your encouragement.

Sonia from New York on September 15, 2009:

Very interesting hub pages. Highly informative and well written

Tina Irene on September 15, 2009:

Great hub, James!

Go baseball!...my favorite game.

Go New York Yankees!!...of course.

Thanks for sharing this great history.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on September 15, 2009:

R Burow— Whoops! I missed Johnny Bench somehow. He was the World Series MVP!!! I will correct that right now. He surely deserves a mention. I don't know how that happened but I appreciate you calling my attention to it. That's a boo boo. Thank you.

R Burow from Florida, United States on September 15, 2009:

Glad to see one of my old time favorites included. I remember watching the Reds way back when. What about Johnny Bench? He was with the Reds in 76 was he not? He was a fav.

Good hub as always.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on September 15, 2009:

Lily Rose— Thank you! What I remember most about the Padres was how the came from behind to prevent my Cubbies from going to the 1984 World Series; and the day Eric Show hit Andre Dawson in the mouth with a pitch. The most gruesome hit by a pitch I have ever seen. Other than that, I love the Padres! :)

I appreciate your visit today.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on September 15, 2009:

Tom Whitworth— That is a truly amazing story. You could write a Hub about that encounter. It would be interesting to read what Mickey had to say. How gracious of him to spend that much time with you. And they didn't serve booze at Ho Jos either! :0

I liked Mickey, too. Thanks for your fine addition to this thread.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on September 15, 2009:

jiberish— Well, you came anyway and for that I extend my gratitude. Thank you for your kindly comments.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on September 15, 2009:

Ken R. Abell— You are welcome and thank you. Yes, I would imagine a Yankees fan would have a lot to appreciate on this page. :)

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on September 15, 2009:

ArchDynamics— I used to do them; then I turned into a spectator. The only sport I watch these days is Baseball. I have been to Wrigley Field many times. I grew up 90 miles away and every day when I came home from school the Cubs were on TV. I am well familiar with Chicago Dogs.

Thanks, brother, for coming by and chiming in. Always a pleasure to hear from you.

Lily Rose from A Coast on September 15, 2009:

Great writing, as usual. Too bad we're Padres fans - they'll probably never make your list!

Tom Whitworth from Moundsville, WV on September 15, 2009:

James I was always a Yankee hater. That was until 1961 when I met Micky Mantle. I was coming back home from New York on a bus with our MYF group. We stopped at a Ho Jos on the New Jersey turnpike.

As we were going in to eat supper, I noticed a man I thought I recognized. I lagged behind the group, and then I went up and asked,"Sir aren't you Micky Mantle?".

"Indeed I am." he answered.

I talked about seeing him play in game one of the 1960 World Series in Pittsburgh at Forbes Field. I explained that I was a Pirate fan but that didn't matter to Micky. I missed my supper that night, but I talked baseball with Micky Mantle for a little over an hour. This 13 year old kid became a Mickey Mantle fan that evening, and remained one from that time forward.

jiberish from florida on September 15, 2009:

James, I don't share the enthusiasm of baseball fans, But great Hub as usual.

Ken R. Abell from ON THE ROAD on September 15, 2009:

Thanks, James. Great article. As a lifelong Yankee fan it is good to have these stats handily arranged.

ArchDynamics on September 14, 2009:

King James:

Thank you for the ongoing education ... while I'm not a big baseball fan (I prefer to do sports rather than watch them), it's always a pleasure to read your well-researched and insightful commentaries and reporting.

It did bring back memories of two things, however ...

One, my Willie Mays outfielder glove that I wore so proudly throughout my many years of Little League Baseball, and

Two, my good friend Dale Pizzitola who lived on Lakewood Street in Chicago just a few blocks away from Wrigley Field ... his rooftop had that great view of the ballpark.

Of course, all I can remember is going home and indulging in my need for those top-notch Chicago hot dogs at stands with such iconic names as 'Franks for the Memories', 'The Weiner's Circle' and 'Weiner and Still Champion" ... well, you get the idea.

In any case, thanks for your never-ending attention to detail and intelligently engaging commentary!

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on September 14, 2009:

"Quill"— Babe Ruth was the greatest! (Although Willie Mays has a claim.) You are welcome and thank you!

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on September 14, 2009:

creativeone59— Thank you very much for visiting and leaving word even if it's not your cup of tea. That means even more—slightly reminiscent of the Widow's Mite. :-)

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on September 14, 2009:

cosette— As you can see, the Yankees dominate this Hub. :) I'm a longsuffering Cubs fan myself. From this, I have learned patience. Thanks for coming by and leaving your comments.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on September 14, 2009:

Kebennett1— Thank you so much! I am a big baseball fan. I appreciate you for taking the time to visit even though it's not a subject you are particularly interested in.

James A Watkins (author) from Chicago on September 14, 2009:

divinemercylover1— Thank you! We share many experiences as I also played a lot of baseball and was a huge collector of baseball cards in my youth—I wish I had them today!

I needed a break from writing so I took eight days off to read work by other Hubbers. I usually go in cycles that way—I rarely write and read while in one zone or the other. I have several Hubs planned for the next few days that I have been ruminating on for a while.

I thank you for being my first reader! And I loved your comments.

"Quill" on September 14, 2009:

Great Hub James...Babe Ruth was my hero as a child, thank you for the walk down the memory lane.

Blessings

benny Faye Douglass from Gold Canyon, Arizona on September 14, 2009:

That was a great baseball hub, filled with informative information, even though I'm not a baseball fan, the hub was great. but I'm a football fan. keep up the good work James.

creativeone59

cosette on September 14, 2009:

i don't live in New York but i LOVE the Yankees. any year! very nice hub.

Kebennett1 from San Bernardino County, California on September 14, 2009:

Great Job James! And I am not even into baseball, I am a football nut! If you write it, it turns to Gold :)

divinemercylover1 on September 14, 2009:

Really a very good article James!!!! I played baseball most of my youth. Had a blast, playing, trading cards, going to some of the games....really alot of fun. Hey, can you remember this...peanuts, popcorn, Cola....You did a wonderful work of art here James. I've been waiting for your next one to hit the pages. Thanks for sharing. Hope your having a great day and a restful night. John