Tony. Milwaukee Braves. Buck O’Neil. The Chávez Catch. 1934 World Series.
Another reason why Tony Gwynn is awesome. (Thanks to Old Time Family Baseball for this image)
Hank Aaron, Joe Adcock, and Eddie Mathews of the Milwaukee Braves. These 3 guys played together for the Braves from 1953 to 1962 and absolutely destroyed opposing pitching. Could you imagine if these guys were the 3-4-5 batters for your favorite team’s lineup? Wow.
Buck O’Neil, 2006. I am just gonna take this from his wiki page before I get into how awesome this is:
Just before the (2006) Hall of Fame ceremonies, O’Neil signed a contract with the Kansas City T-Bones on July 18 to allow him to play in the Northern League All-Star Game. Before the game, O’Neil was “traded” to the Fargo-Moorhead RedHawks and was listed as the starting Shortstop, although after drawing an intentional walk, he was replaced before actually playing in the field. At the end of the inning, another “trade” was announced that brought O’Neil back to the Kansas City team, allowing him to lead off the bottom of the inning as well (drawing another intentional walk).
I remember watching the highlights of this on Baseball Tonight and being so stoked. The reasons being (which wiki leaves out) is that after his 1st at-bat which he was intentionally walked, he took a lead after arriving on First Base as if he was going to run the bases before being replaced by a Pinch Runner. Also, during his 2nd at-bat he swung at a 3-0 pitch before being walked again. Before the game the almost 95 year old O’Neil was quoted as saying “I just might take a swing at one.” Buck O’Neil was the coolest dude ever.
October 19th, 2006. Endy Chávez made a catch in the in game 7 of the NLCS that will be remembered as being one of the greatest catches of recent memory and possibly of all time when he robbed Scott Rolen of a 2-run Homerun. I still can not believe he made that catch when I watch replays. Unbelievable.
October 8, 1934. Game 6 of World Series placed the St. Louis Cardinals vs. Detroit Tigers in Detroit. Jack Rothrock of the Cardinals safely slides in under Tigers Catcher Mickey Cochrane. I’m such a sucker for old school action shots like this, everything about it is absolutely perfect.