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Second basemen

My take on the second basemen. I agree with you that Hornsby is the obvious choice. I mean, he was such a good hitter that some of his seasons look like misprints. check this out

       Avg   2b-3b-Hr
1922   .401  46-14-42
1925   .403  41-10-39
1924   .424  43-14-25

The 1920's were a big hitting era, but Hornsby even stood out in that crowd, especially in the National League, because the biggest guns were in the AL. In 1922, Hornsby had 450 total bases, just edging out second place Irish Meusel, who had 314. For the period from 1922 to 1925, Hornsby was the best hitter in baseball, better even than Ruth, who had his two off years in 1922 and 1925.

So what else is there to say? Just this. The two best seasonal batting averages of the twentieth century were both by second basemen (!!), and Hornsby finished second. The two most valuable fielders of the twentieth century (in Total Baseball's rankings) were both second basemen, and Bill Mazeroski finished second. Both Hornsby's offense and Mazeroski's defense finished second to the same guy. In fact, according to Total Baseball, the second-best overall player of all time, behind only the babe himself, is a second baseman, and it isn't Hornsby. It is a second baseman who edged out guys like Cobb, Ted Williams and Mays for the #2 spot. Who could it be, and why didn't you think of him? Because he played his entire career in the comparative obscurity of the deadball era, and his stats require study before they can be truly appreciated. The man's name is Napoleon Lajoie, and here's what he did in 1901, for example.

  • He led the league in OBP by 50 points

  • He led the league in slugging by 120 points

  • He won the batting crown by a narrow 86 point margin

  • He led the league in hits by 42

  • He led the league in Runs, RBI's, doubles, and homers.

Here's a story to help you appreciate his hitting. You know how left-handed hitters mysteriously catch strep throat when Randy Johnson is scheduled to start against them the next day? Well, the right-handed Lajoie had the same impact on opposing third basemen. And when they did play, they'd play way behind the bag, out into left field, just so they had enough time to react to his shots. This wasn't a defensive strategy, but rather a survival tactic. Yup, the man could play. According to Total Baseball's year-by-year analysis, he should have been a nine-time MVP! (Compared to only four for Cobb, and seven for Hornsby, but also nine for Honus Wagner, and eleven for Ruth.)

So, if you voted for Hornsby, you got a helluva player, and I have no quarrel. But the obscure Lajoie was his equal.

Interestingly and surprisingly to me, Total Baseball lists four second basemen among the 20 greatest players of all-time.

  • #2, Lajoie

  • #8, Hornsby

  • #15, Eddie Collins

  • #19, Joe Morgan

A vote for pretty much any of them is a legitimate vote because of the difficulty of comparing across eras. I don't know if Morgan was more valuable in his time than Lajoie or Hornsby in his own. Total Baseball tries to level the playing field, but their rankings are approximations, not absolute certainties. Morgan was absolutely a great player at his peak. In 1976 he stole sixty bases in 69 attempts, and led the National League in both slugging average and OBP, the latter with an outstanding .471. And leading the league in slugging average is not an easy task for a guy 5'7" and 155 pounds. Mark McGwire could fit Morgan in his pocket.

For the record, and because it is an interesting list, here are the all-time defensive leaders among twentieth century players (ranked by their ability to prevent runs). Technically, Mazeroski leads the 20th century, since Lajoie played a small portion of his career in the 1800's.

  1. Lajoie

  2. Mazeroski

  3. Mike Schmidt (3B)

  4. Tris Speaker (CF)

  5. Ozzie Smith (SS)

(Mays and Clemente are also up there - #4 and #5 among outfielders, with Clemente the top rightfielder)

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Hello dear Scoopy!

This contribution is mainly Flemish but there's also a French and an American actress.

I'll start with 2 actresses who joined the cast of Flemish soap series "Thuis" (home). First let's take a look at Mieke Bouve. I put everything I had on her together in one collage. Bear in mind that almost all pictures come from photographs I took from the TV screen way back in 1992 with an old VCR. So quality could be better but I gave it my best shot and I think they still look reasonable given the circumstances. The bottom right picture is supposed to look so crappy.

The second actress on this soap is Pascale Bal in the film "Le Bal Masqué". This film deals with the dreadful Nivelles gang (Bende van Nijvel) that was active around 1985. They killed more than 30 people in supermarket robberies for only a handful of money. This gang was never caught : cover-up or incompetence ? This flick follows the theory of a cover-up. The reason : some Belgian prince was involved in a sex scandal with children according to director Julien Vrebos. He never even tries to find a foundation for that silly theory. All he did was film hearsay. (Scoop's comment: hell, that's Oliver Stone's entire career) He screwed up a movie that could have been interesting. Many theories surround the Nivelles gang and he could have made a masterpiece if he only knew how to make a movie. How this thing won three prizes at the Flanders Film festival beats me. Best actress yes, but best film and best director?? The film is terribly boring despite the interesting subject, the script isn't something to write home about either and Mr. Vrebos seems to have a penchant for close-ups of shoes (without any function in the movie). I've never seen a movie with so many close-ups of shoes. (Scoop's alternate nomination: "The Gang That Couldn't Shoot Straight") The story is incoherent (incomprehensible if you know nothing about the subject), the camera angles are arbitrary and the male nudity outweighs by far the female nudity. I think I've wasted my money twice on this film : first as a taxpayer (subsidies) and second as a buyer. Julien Vrebos was a civil servant at an office-counter in the community of Schaarbeek, one of the 19 communities that form Brussels. He should have stayed a public servant IMHO. In the second collage you see actor Filip Peeters forcing himself upon Pascale. In one scene in this movie he had to undress at gunpoint but nevertheless he was happily and proudly swinging his pecker. I wish Ms. Bal had shown us a bit more. And if you're a dentist you'll probably like the bottom right picture. I didn't intend to write so much about that flick but it was such a disappointment that I had to let off some steam. You'll notice in the second collage that they were even too lazy to get the date right on the calendar. They used a calendar from the 90's, although the story took place in the 80's!

Off to the girls of the lawyers' series "Recht op Recht". Here is Pascale Michiels in bed with Filip Peeters, our previous guy. This is Pascale's second nude scene, 7 years after her first one, and she's playing it with the same guy from back then. Look in the back issues and the encyclopedia for Pascale's first disrobing. For those wondering, there are actually other actors in Flanders besides this one.

There is also some mild exposure of this series star Veerle Dobbelaere. Some downblouse and upskirt shots of her. The rest of the collage consists of pictures from the court house in my native city where the court room scenes in this episode were filmed.

The last of the Flemish part of this contribution is Arlette Sterckx from the successful hospital series "Spoed" (1 million viewers on possible 6 million, just like recht op recht). The crappy pictures come from a videoprinter that I used before I had a computer. I couldn't get them any better. My Flemish Lion logo (the symbol of Flanders, the northern Dutch-speaking part of Belgium, and not Peugeot cars like some seem to think) has roared enough now, time to move on to other nationalities.

Here's an older actress, Claire Maurier, from France in the 1980 film "Un mauvais fils". Claire looks way into her forties when she gets sprung in bed with his father by actor Patrick Dewaere. Patrick was a very fine and successful actor when he sadly decided to end his days in July 1982, leaving us with Gérard Depardieu. If he hadn't done it he could have gotten at least half the roles Depardieu since got. How sad. I really liked that guy.

And finally Lauren Hutton goes all the way in the strange French-Swiss movie "Hécate" from 1982.

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This week I found something that I beleive is special ... namely Angelica Bridges topless. I checked the Encyclopedia but couldn't find pics of her naked (only see-thru ones). I've also done some Swedish celebs this week.

Angelica Bridges #5: Pure glam, no nudity Angelica Bridges #6: She is topless, but covers up with her hands, but the panties are semi-transparent. Angelica Bridges #7: This is not the best picture taken of her. If I didn't know it was her I wouldn't recognize her at all. Although she is completely naked, she only shows her breasts. The Graaf Sisters: Hannah and Magdalena Graaf (I don't know which is which), two Swedish sisters more famous for their pictures, than their singing abilities. Hannah Graaf: One of the sisters mentioned above. She is naked, but doesn't show more than her upper body. Lily Myrhed I don't know anything about her, apart from that she is Swedish, and she is stunningly beautiful. (Scoop's note: I think she use to be a VJ on MTV Europe.) That's all for now.

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I believe we will see many dozens of this one before it is over. Jennifer Aniston showing her breasts under some flimsy gauze in the new Vanity Fair. These are the first two that have come in. I subscribe to Vanity Fair, and I think it's the most interesting magazine on the market, but the subscription is a rip-off because it always arrives weeks after it hits the newsstands. I looked around for the new issue in Austin, but no luck, so I asked Stone Cold to hunt around The Big Apple if he gets a chance. In the meantime, here are the first two guys to get it to press
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