considered an integral part of the old Athletics who terrorized the American League in 1910 and 1911.
Third base: Frank "Home Run" Baker, a consistently good hitter and the first of the home-run sluggers, was a key man in Connie Mack's fabulous $100,000 infield, the greatest of its era.
Outfield: Al Simmons never hit under .300 in nine seasons in Philadelphia, with .392 in 1927 and .390 in 1931. He and Foxx are probably the best hitters ever to play for the Athletics.
Outfield: Bing Miller, who played from 1922-26 and 1928 to 1934 for the A's, hit .300 regularly, his best season being .342 in 1924.
Outfield: Wally Moses, of more recent vintage, never won a batting championship but never hit under .300 while playing a fine game in the field from 1935 to 1941.
Catcher: Mickey Cochrane, another Hall of Fame immortal, played from 1925 to 1933 and set the standards for modern catchers.
Righthanded Pitcher: Eddie Plank, whose 14 years with the Athletics produced 284 victories, wins by a narrow margin over fellow Hall of Famer Chief Bender.
Lefthanded Pitcher: Lefty Grove won just under 200 games in nine seasons for the Athletics, and amazing feat that stamps him as the greatest southpaw of any team.
Back in 1958 this is a reasonable roster, with one obvious exception: Eddie Plank. Why you ask? Well, he was left-handed, not right- handed. So the real selection for RHP should have been Bender, who they at least acknowledged came close. Beyond that, this is a defendable all- time lineup. I prefer Joost over Barry at SS, but you could make a case for either candidate. And I think that Johnson's resume is clearly superior to that of either Miller or Moses, but they were fine players too.
1990: The Baseball Research Journal
In an interesting article, Robert C. Berlo used Thorn and Palmer's TPR (Total Player Rating) system to choose all-time teams. He selected players based on their best 800 consecutive games for the franchise, with a minimum of five years played. His results:
1B Jimmie Foxx 24.9 2B Eddie Collins 29.5 SS Eddie Joost 10.6