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 delicious slice of life from the 1950s for your viewing pleasure. More specifically, a day in the life of Chicago in 1953. I found this set of vintage Kodachrome slides on eBay, and they're a beaut. It appears to me that the photographer took in a Chicago Cubs game at venerable Wrigley Field and also spent some time hoofing around the Friendly Confines as well. The auction puts the location of the street scenes as Maxwell Street, for what it's worth. First up is the baseball game. I can't tell for certain who the Cubs are playing, but only one National League team in 1953 wore red caps at all -- the Philadelphia Phillies. The sign in front of Wrigley is advertising tickets for the three-game series from June 23-25, so I think it's reasonable to guess these photos were shot duri...
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
Fredi González, Atlanta Braves -- González played for six years in the minors, and made it as far as the AA level. This is Fredi in 1983 as a member of the Greensboro Hornets, the New York Yankees AA affiliate in North Carolina. Ozzie Guillén, Miami Marlins -- Guillen enjoyed a long and productive Major League career, including 13 seasons with the Chicago White Sox (1985 - 1997). He was the American League Rookie of the Year for 1985, won a Gold Glove in 1990, and was a three-time All-Star. Terry Collins, New York Mets -- I wasn't able to find any cards from Collins' days as a minor league ballplayer, so here's a card from his early coaching days with the AAA Albuquerque Dukes. Collins managed a .255 batting average for his playing career, which never advanced to the Majo
With the 2012 Major League Baseball season nearly upon us, now is as good a time as any to obsess once again on one of my favorite topics — logos. So I’m going to offer up my choices for the best and worst team logos for all 30 current MLB franchises. Primary, alternate, and cap logos listed on Chris Creamer’s outstanding logo website are all under consideration. Today, for the final installment, I look at the five squads of the National League’s East division. (Other recaps — AL West, NL West, AL Central, NL Central, AL East) Atlanta Braves Best The whole Atlanta Braves look from the '70s was one of the best in modern baseball, and that includes the primary logo seen here (used until 1986). A close second for this spot was the distinctive feather logo used on the jersey sleeves.