When first coming up through the Yankee farm system, Leiter was hailed as the next great arm in pinstripes, the one remaining star left in a minor-league system decimated by foolish trades throughout the 1980s.
Pitching in the World Series was a thrilling experience, but the most exciting event in my life was when I trusted Jesus Christ as my personal Lord and Savior
Brooks Robinson, former third baseman for the Baltimore Orioles and the much beloved color commentator for the Orioles' television network, retired from baseball in 1977 after 20 years and 72 days in the major leagues. He was later elected into the Baseball Hall of Fame in a landslide, receiving 92 percent of the votes cast.
One of the AL's premier catchers for almost two decades, Carlton Fisk overcame a series of serious injuries early in his career to establish himself as a marvel of durability at baseball's most taxing position. A ten-time All-Star and the all-time leader in home runs by a catcher (351) and in games caught (2,226), Fisk was elected to the Hall of Fame in 2000.
Darryl Eugene Strawberry is a former American baseball player who is well-known both for his play on the field and for his controversial behavior off of it.
Dave Dravecky has left two indelible images in the minds of baseball fans worldwide. The first was August 10, 1989, when Dave triumphantly pitched a 4-3 win for the San Francisco Giants in his first major-league game following cancer surgery.
In a career bordered on either side by extended stays with each of the two New York franchises, David Cone switched uniforms four times between 1992 and 1995.
Dennis Lee Eckersley was born October 3, 1954 in Oakland, California and nicknamed "Eck," was a Major League Baseball player elected to Baseball Hall of Fame in 2004.
As a six-time All-Star and a nine-time Gold Glove, Don Mattingly had 14 outstanding years with the New York Yankees. Before the 1991 season, Mattingly was selected by his teammates to become the 10th Yankee in history to serve as the team captain, a coveted honor for any athlete, and especially for a member of one of the nation's most well-known baseball teams.
George Brett represents everything that's right about baseball. That should explain his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame on July 25, 1999. Not only has he shown a strong commitment to baseball in Kansas City, he has also been very committed to the ALS Association.
Richard Michael "Goose" Gossage was born July 5, 1951 in Colorado Springs, Colorado and is a former relief pitcher in Major League Baseball who played 21 seasons for nine different teams before retiring in 1994. He now works in broadcasting.
Jeffrey Bagwell was born May 27, 1968 and is an American Major League Baseball player, a first baseman, who has played his entire Major League career with the Houston Astros.
Jim Leyland was born December 15, 1944 in Perrysburg, Ohio and is a Major League Baseball manager for the Detroit Tigers. He led the wild-card Florida Marlins to the World Series championship in 1997.
In 1990, Jim Palmer was accorded baseball's highest honor by his election into the Baseball Hall of Fame his first year of eligibility. He received 92.6% of the 444 ballots cast by eligible members of the Baseball Writers Association of America.
The combination of Joe Morgan's baseball accomplishments, broadcasting excellence, business success and community service truly make him a "Complete Package." Elected to Baseball's Hall of Fame in 1990, Joe is arguably the best second baseman ever. He was the missing part that made Cincinnati's Big Red Machine the best team of the 1970s. He played in four World Series and was a winner in three.
Considered by many the greatest catcher in history because of his combination of defensive skill, offensive power, and durability, Johnny Bench was one of the leaders of Cincinnati's "Big Red Machine" that won six Eastern Division titles, four NL pennants, and two world championships during the 1970s.
Outfielder for the 2010 American League Champion Texas Rangers; Named the Most Valuable Player of the ALCS 2010 and 2010 MLB Player of the Year by "The Sporting News"
Hernandez was indisputably the best-fielding first baseman of his time, winning eleven straight Gold Gloves and setting major league records for most seasons leading league first basemen in double plays (six) and lifetime assists by a first baseman.
Ken Griffey Jr. was born George Kenneth Griffey, Jr. on November 21, 1969 in Pittsburgh suburb of Donora, Pennsylvania and is a Major League Baseball player. Griffey shares not only the same birthday, but also the same birthplace as Hall of Famer Stan Musial. He is considered to be one of the greatest outfielders in baseball history.
Kevin Kennedy (born May 26, 1954 in Los Angeles, California) is a former manager in American Major League Baseball and a current television host for Fox Sports' baseball coverage.
Larry Bowa is a former Major League Baseball shortstop and manager who played an important role for the Philadelphia Phillies in 1980 when they won their first World Series Championship.
If Mark Grace plays the game of baseball with both intensity and integrity, it is because these qualities were instilled in him by his parents, Gene and Sharon Grace.
Play by Play Announcer for the YES Network and WCBS-TV, Michael Kay immerses himself in all things New York in order to provide his listeners and viewers with original opinions and the most exclusive, up-to-the-minute Yankees information.
An unprecedented combination of power and defense made Mike Schmidt one of the game's greatest third basemen. The powerful right-handed hitter slugged 548 home runs, belting 40 or more long balls in three separate seasons and hitting over 30 home runs 10 other times. His 48 homers in 1980 are the most ever in a single season by a third baseman. A three-time National League MVP, he was a 12-time All-Star and won 10 Gold Gloves. Schmidt was named the "Sporting News" Player of the Decade for the 1980s.
This Texas legend received his induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1999, the first year he became eligible. Nolan Ryan was born in Texas and played for two Texas teams, the Astros and Rangers, as well as many others during his illustrious baseball career.
Anthony Nomar Garciaparra was born July 23, 1973, in Whittier, California and is an American baseball player who currently plays first base for the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Throughout his life, Orel Hershiser has been known as an outstanding baseball player. He has excelled at every level in which he has played and has captured baseball's highest honors - World Series Champion, World Series, American and National League Championship Series MVP,Cy Young Award, and Gold Glove Award.
On July 28, 2002, Ozzie Smith was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in his first year of eligibility. He is just the 37th player chosen in his first year of eligibility and he is the 22nd shortstop to make the Hall. Ozzie, known in baseball as "The Wizard" has emerged as the best defensive shortstop of all time.
The all time "Hit King" was Rookie of the Year during the sixties and Player of the Decade during the seventies. His career on the field as a player is legendary. His headlines made as a manager are, regretfully, even more legendary.
The only player to be named MVP in two WorldSeries, Reggie Jackson earned the nickname "Mr. October" by setting a World Series record for slugging percentage (.755). He's also baseball's all-time strikeout king, fanning 2,597 times, once every four at-bats.
How would you feel if someone offered you a six-figure salary to do something you really enjoy?Right out of high school I was blessed with the choice of a lifetime: I could have signed a six-figure baseball contract with the New York Yankees or played football at Notre Dame where I would have caught passes from Joe Montana.
Rick Sutcliffe, a Cy Young award winner and ESPN baseball analyst, gave a rambling, slurred interview during the local television broadcast of the Brewers-Padres game Wednesday night.
When Ryne Sandberg came into his own in the Windy City in 1984, the classic baseball film "The Natural" was a hit -- as were the Cubs, who played their way into the post-season for the first time since 1945.
Baseball legend, Steven Garvey, nicknamed the "Iron Man," for establishing the National League record of playing in 1,207 consecutive games, played for the Los Angeles Dodgers during most of his career.
In the last 10 years, Tom Glavine is the winningest left-handed pitcher in professional baseball. Playing for the Atlanta Braves since 1984, he has been selected to five National League All-Star Teams in addition to earning the Cy Young Award in 1991 and 1998 and being named the World Series MVP in 1995.
Most baseball fans will undoubtedly best remember Tom Seaver for his incredible achievements on the mound in the Major Leagues, and his leadership of the 1969 "Miracle Mets
One of the most popular and outspoken figures in professional sports, Lasorda has been associated with the Los Angeles Dodgers for almost 50 years'as a player, scout, coach, manager, and an executive. During his 20 years as manager, this Hall-of-Famer led the Dodgers to two World Series championships, four pennants, and six division crowns. An entertaining and powerful speaker, he captivates, educates, and energizes his audiences with his colorful stories, humor, and lessons for life.
The greatest player in San Diego Padre history, Gwynn won eight batting titles, five Gold Gloves, and helped the inconsistent franchise to their first two World Series appearances, but never got that elusive championship ring. He batted .394 in 1994 and banged more than 3,100 career hits.
Alan Trammell played his entire career with the Detroit Tigers. In 1980, Trammell made the All-Star team for first time and won the 1983 MLB Comeback Player of the Year Award in the American League.
Alex Rodriguez, born as Alexander Emmanuel Rodriguez, was born on 27th July 1975 in New York, NY. Alex Rodriguez is lovingly also recognized as A-Rod and is one of the finest players in MLB who plays as #13 third base for the New York Yankees.
Bob was named manager of the Diamondbacks on November 5, 2004, and his first year at the helm in Arizona witnessed a 77-85 ledger, good for second place, five games behind the National League West-winning Padres...the win total was a 26-game turnaround from the 2004 club that had posted only 51 victories prior to BoMel's arrival...the '05 crew scuffled on the home front, going 36-45 in Chase Field, while posting a solid 41-40 ledger away from home.
Bobby Richardson was the starter at second base for the great New York Yankee teams that won five consecutive pennants, and two World Series, from 1960 through 1964.
Brett Butler's professional career in major league baseball spanned a total of 16 years with a start in 1979 when the Atlanta Braves selected him. In the years to come, Brett played for the Cleveland Indians, San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers and New York Mets.
Carlos Juan Delgado is a graduate of Jose de Diego (PR) High School...Participated in baseball, volleyball and track and field...Joined the Major League Baseball.
Don Zimmer enters his 31st year in a major league baseball uniform. Zimmer was leading the American Association with 23 HR and 63 RBI on July 7, 1953 when he was hit in the head by a Jim Kirk pitch. He was unconscious for almost two weeks, lost his speech for six, and dropped 44 lbs. Inserted in his head were four "buttons...like tapered corkscrews in a bottle," he explained. He returned in 1954 and was Brooklyn's second baseman in the 1955 World Series.
Probably the most popular player in the history of the Chicago Cubs franchise, Ernie Banks was the best power-hitting shortstop in baseball in the 1950s and early 1960s. His enthusiasm for the game of baseball was legendary.
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