The Flying Dutchman. Dave. The Georgia Peach. Jorge. The Mick.
Famous photo of Pittsburgh Pirates legendary Shortstop Honus Wagner from 1910. This has always been one of my favorite all-time Baseball photos. I kind of try to stay away from well known classic Baseball photos on this blog but this pic is just too good as it has always inspired lots of feelings and thoughts about Wagner and Baseball in the early 1900′s.
October 25th, 1981. Dave Winfield of the New York Yankees tracks down a fly ball in game 5 of the World Series. The Yankees beat the Los Angeles Dodgers 4 games to 2 to become World Champions of the strike shortened 1981 season.
1926. Ty Cobb of the Detroit Tigers crosses homeplate after hitting a home run against the New York Yankees. Based on the direction he’s looking and what we know about Cobb, I’d like to think he is staring down the Yankees’ dugout and saying things that are probably not acceptable for children to hear.
April 4th, 1988. Coming off of winning the 1987 AL MVP, George Bell of the Toronto Blue Jays crushes his 1st of 3 opening day home runs off of Kansas City Royals Ace Bret Saberhagen; therefore becoming the first player in Major League history to hit 3 dingers on opening day. I loved Bell as a kid and he was actually my brother’s favorite player. Bell was always so firey and pissed off when he played and few could crush a ball as hard as he could during his best years. I always thought it was unfortunate that he was kind of ran out of Toronto due to his differences with Manager Jimy Williams and his lack of defensive skills. He should have accepted his role as DH and retired as a member of the Blue Jays instead of finishing his career in Chicago.
Mickey Mantle galloping over a bat and an opposing Catcher’s leg while preparing to cross home plate. I love this photo because you can almost tell from Mantle’s mid-stride body language that he is battling his bad knees while sprinting that last 90 feet to home. I will never tire of photo’s of Mickey Mantle in action.