Billy steals home. Dick. Tony the Hit-Man. Satch. Shane vs. Brian.
Billy Martin in mid-sprint on his way to stealing home against the New York Giants. I fucking love how hard he played the game and I wish I was around to see him play back in the day. On Billy’s plaque at Yankee Stadium the following statement is engraved in it: “There has never been a greater competitor than Billy.” I can not disagree with that statement whatsoever as I would say he is one of the top 10 competitive players in Major League history.
The always controversial and great Dick Allen spent the 1971 season in Los Angeles as a member of the Dodgers. He had a pretty damn good season in LA with 23 Home Runs, 90 RBIs, and had a batting line of .295/.395/.468 however he still could not entirely escape some of the issues that plagued him during his prior years as a member of the Phillies.
A sweet poster of Tony Gwynn from his Nike “Hit-Man” ad campaign from back in the early 1990′s…or maybe even late 1980′s? All I remember is that I wanted this poster SO bad when I was a kid and I still kind of do.
July 21st, 1949. A great photo of Ole’ Satchel Paige of the Cleveland Indians pitching against the New York Yankees. Paige was a 43 year old in his second season in the Major Leagues at the time this photo was taken. He pitched 1.2 scoreless innings against the Bronx Bombers that day while allowing 2 hits, no walks and struck out 1.
I will always be a sucker for a good collision at home plate regardless of what the outcome is. I think the home plate collision is one of those little gold nuggets in Baseball that everyone can appreciate even if they are not a Baseball fan. Probably due to the fact that no matter what happens, it is probably going to painful for the players involved and be extremely entertaining to those of us watching it go down.
I love watching Shane Victorino play Baseball as he is one of those guys that always seems to play with with all his heart and usually has always has a dirty uniform after the game which is always a good thing in my book. In this photo from 2008, The Flying Hawaiian scores on a home plate collision with Brian McCann of the Atlanta Braves. I think it’s safe to say that McCann was not happy with the outcome of this play.