I've upped my game with franchise rankings and introduced some new technology to the process -- namely, Tableau. To see some other examples of me putting Tableau to good use, check out the Infographics section of my SportsPaper.info site. Other than making things look snazzy, however, the methodology behind how I'm ranking all MLB franchises remains pretty much intact. So for those who don't know the rules, here they are again: The Criteria The categories and point values are as follows: 20 points for a World Series title. Pre-1903 titles are not counted. 15 points for a league pennant. 6 points for a playoff series win (e.g. Division Series or Wild Card Game). 4 points for a division title. 3 points for a regular season winning percentage of .556 or higher, -3 points for ...
I wanted to get the latest list of Major League Baseball franchise rankings done before the start of the 2015 season, but obviously that didn't happen. But that's OK, right? Last year I split the list into two posts ranking the best and worst teams in MLB history, but in keeping with the other sports lists I maintain I'm putting all 30 active franchises in one place. So with that out of the way, here are how the rankings are compiled: The Criteria The categories and point values are as follows: 20 points for a World Series title. Pre-1903 titles are not counted. 15 points for a league pennant. 6 points for a playoff series win (e.g. Division Series or Wild Card Game). 4 points for a division title. 3 points for a regular season winning percentage of .556 or higher, -3 poi
Here's a great World Series pennant from the days of the Brooklyn Dodgers. It celebrates Brooklyn's win in the 1952 World Series and lists a number of the players and the classic "The Bums" mascot. Click for a larger version. There's only one problem, though -- the Dodgers didn't win the '52 Series. They actually lost in seven games to the New York Yankees, so someone jumped the gun on this pennant a little bit. --- Don’t forget to check out the rest of my Pennant Fever entries.
You wanted the best, you got the best! The hottest baseball teams ever... OK, sorry about that. I have Kiss on the brain for some reason. Back to baseball. Last week I published my first annual list of the ten worst franchises in Major League history, so if you haven't read that yet now's a good time. Either way, it's time to look at the teams that set the standard for all other baseball clubs to follow. Or that are, in the case of a few, still basking in past glories. To see my rankings for other leagues, as well as all mysports lists, check out this page. Before I get to the list, a few notes of explanation are needed. Rankings are based on average points per season, not total points. For the few franchises whose history stretches back to the 19th century (Braves, Cardina
From 1967 through 1975, the Fleer company issued a series of attractive cloth patches featuring the names, logos, and emblems of most Major League Baseball franchises. What I have for you today is the 1968 cloth patch set, specifically the ten American League teams from that season. Each patch set was comprised of three smaller patches -- one with the primary team logo, a smaller secondary logo hat patch, and a team name shoulder patch. The entire set measures 2.5" by 4.2", which is why they're known as "tallboys" by collectors.
Holiday Inn - Joplin, Missouri Operated by Mickey Mantle. Mickey is pictured in the Dugout Lounge at the Inn. (original)
There's a lot to love about this Post Sugar Crisp ad from 1955, not the least of which are the classic '50s bear mascots: But what drew my eye was the gaggle of vintage baseball logos on the bottom. They're actually MLB patches Post gave away with the cereal, and the legendary Ted Williams gives his smiling approval. Here's a closeup view of the logos, featuring the Chicago White Sox, Boston Red Sox, Cincinnati Redlegs, New York Yankees, New York Giants, Milwaukee Braves, Philadelphia Phillies, Washington Senators/Nationals, Baltimore Orioles, Pittsburgh Pirates, Cleveland Indians, Brooklyn Dodgers, Detroit Tigers, St. Louis Cardinals, and Chicago Cubs. That's every MLB franchise from '55 except for the Kansas City Athletics. (click for a larger version)
Few professional sports in America enjoy the rich history that baseball does. While the other major sports -- football, basketball, hockey, and even auto racing -- are purely 20th century phenomenons, baseball traces its pro roots back to the 19th century. Here are a handful of snapshots featuring pro base-ball clubs from the 19th to early 20th century. Click on any image for a much larger version. Up first is this 1888 team portrait of the St. Louis Browns, members of the short-lived American Association (1882-1891). The Brown Stockings were pennant-winners of the AA from 1885 through 1888, and moved to the National League when the AA folded. They went through a few name changes before settling on St. Louis Cardinals. This dapper bunch is the 1882 New York Metropolita
Buck Showalter, Baltimore Orioles -- Buck never made it to the majors, but did play AAA ball briefly. This is a card from his time with the New Haven Yankees (AA), dated either 1978 or 1979. Bobby Valentine, Boston Red Sox -- No fake mustache needed here. This is Bobby as a member of the California Angels, from a Topps 1975 card. Valentine played for five big league squads during his ten-year career. Joe Girardi, New York Yankees -- While he won three World Series as a Yankee, Joe Girardi spent most of his career playing backstop for the Cubs. Joe Maddon, Tampa Bay Rays -- Maddon spent just four seasons in the minors, and never played higher than A ball for affiliates of the Angels and Padres. I couldn't find any photos from that era, but there are some neat images o