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Deion Sanders

 

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Many people don't know that Deion Sanders was drafted by the Yankees in the 30th round of the amateur draft.

 

Deion Sanders was born on Wednesday, August 9, 1967, and began his Major League baseball career on May 31, 1989, with the New York Yankees. The 22 year-old played for 9 seasons on 4 different teams and ended his big league playing career in 2001.

 

2-time All-America at Florida St. in football (1987-88); 7-time NFL All-Pro CB with Atlanta, San Francisco and Dallas (1991-94,96-98); led major leagues in triples (14) with Atlanta in 1992 and hit .533 in World Series the same year; played on 2 Super Bowl winners (SF in XXIX, and Dallas in XXX); first 2-way starter in NFL since Chuck Bednarik in 1962; only athlete to play in both World Series and Super Bowl.

 

2-time All-America at Florida St. in football (1987-88); 7-time NFL All-Pro CB with Atlanta, San Francisco and Dallas (1991-94,96-98); led majors in triples (14) with Atlanta in 1992 and hit .533 in World Series the same year; played on 2 Super Bowl winners (SF in XXIX, and Dallas in XXX); first 2-way starter in NFL since Chuck Bednarik in 1962; only athlete to play in both World Series and Super Bowl.

 

2-time All-American at Florida St. in football (1987-88); 7-time NFL All-Pro CB with Atlanta, San Francisco and Dallas (1991-94,96-98); led majors in triples (14) with Atlanta in 1992 and hit .533 in World Series the same year; played on 2 Super Bowl winners (SF in XXIX, and Dallas in XXX); first 2-way starter in NFL since Chuck Bednarik in 1962; only athlete to play in both World Series and Super Bowl.

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Dizzy Dean

 

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The Chicago Cubs and St. Louis Cardinals are arguably the fiercest rivals in the history of baseball, if not the history of sport. Jay Hanna "Dizzy" Dean is one of the few baseball players that experienced both sides of that rivalry. As the anchor for the Cardinals pitching staff, Dean earned four consecutive strikeout titles, led the National League in complete games for four consecutive seasons, and won two games in the 1934 World Series. The Cardinals championship in 1934 was kept in the family as Paul "Daffy" Dean, Dizzy's younger brother, won the other two games of the World Series. Dizzy's career in Chicago lacked the brilliance he conveyed in St. Louis, due in part to an injury suffered in the 1937 All-Star game. His toe was broken by a line drive off the bat of Earl Averill. Dean altered his pitching motion to compensate for the broken toe, injuring his throwing arm in the process. Dean last played in 1947, pitching a four inning shutout for the St. Louis Browns. The three-time 20-game winner was elected to baseball's Hall of Fame in 1953.

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Tommy John

 

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The famous Tommy John Surgery was named after this man.

 

A sinkerballer with impeccable control, John's major league career spanned 26 seasons and seven U.S. presidents, both ML records. In mid-career, he made history by becoming the game's first "right-handed southpaw" when he had a tendon transplanted from his right forearm to his left elbow to remedy a tear that threatened to drive him from baseball.

 

After breaking in with the Indians, John became an effective starter for the mediocre White Sox from 1965 to 1971, leading the AL in shutouts in 1966 and 1967. He was traded to the Dodgers for Dick Allen before the 1972 season, and in 1973 he led the NL in winning percentage with a 16-9 record. John seemed to be embarking on his best season in 1974, posting a 13-3 mark before injuring his pitching elbow in July.

 

Dr. Frank Jobe performed the revolutionary surgery that saved John's career, and it was amazingly successful. The soft-throwing John joked that he told Jobe to "put in a Koufax fastball. He did, but it was Mrs. Koufax's." He underwent rehabilitation for a year and a half, missing the entire 1975 season, and his 10-10 record in 1976 earned him the Comeback Player of the Year Award. He then won 20 games in three of the next four seasons. John was 20-7 for the Dodgers in 1977 and 17-10 in '78, helping them to the World Series each year. But the Dodgers lost to the Yankees both times. John then signed with the Yankees as a free agent before the 1979 season and won 21 and 22 games in his first two seasons in New York.

 

John was traded to the Angels for Dennis Rasmussen late in the 1982 season and was released in 1985 at the age of forty-two, but after a brief stint with Oakland he returned to the Yankees in 1986 and led the club in innings pitched as a 44-year-old in 1987. He often explained his unusual durability by pointing out that his pitching arm was much younger than his chronological age.

 

John's excellent sinker induced numerous ground balls and double plays throughout his career, and he was usually a fine fielder himself, setting club records with errorless seasons for both the Dodgers and White Sox. On July 27, 1988, however, John tied a ML record by committing three errors on one play. In the fourth inning against the Brewers, John muffed a ground ball for one error and threw wildly past first base for a second. Then, inexplicably, he intercepted the throw home from right field and threw wildly past the catcher.

 

He was released by the Yankees early in the 1989 season.

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David Cone

 

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A right-handed pitcher, Cone joined the AL's Kansas City Royals briefly in 1986 and was then traded to the New York Mets. After going 5-6 in 1987, he had a brilliant 1988 season, leading the NL with an .870 winning percentage on a 20-3 record.

 

Cone won 14 games each of the next three seasons and led the league in strikeouts with 233 in 1990 and 241 in 1991. He set an NL record by striking out 19 hitters in a 9-inning game on October 6, 1991.

 

The Mets traded him to the Toronto Blue Jays near the end of the 1992 season and he returned to Kansas City as a free agent in 1993. Expected to be the team's ace, he had a disappointing 11-14 season despite a 3.33 ERA. The Royals scored only 18 runs in his 14 losses. He rebounded with a 16-5 record in the strike-shortened 1994 season.

 

Cone opened the 1995 season with the Blue Jays, but was traded to the Yankees in mid-season. He had a combined 18-8 record. The following year, though, he went on the disabled list for the first time in his career because of an aneurysm in two arteries in his right shoulder.

 

Once again, Cone bounced back. He went 12-6 with a 2.82 ERA for the the Yankees in 1997 and then put together his second 20-victory season as the team won the 1998 American League pennant. Cone won the sixth and deciding game of the AL championship series against the Cleveland Indians. He also pitched well in his one World Series start, but didn't get the decision.

 

After a 12-6 record in 1999, Cone struggled the following season, when he went only 4-14. The Yankees let him go into free agency and he signed with the Boston Red Sox. Though he showed signs of his old mastery, Cone was on the disabled list intermittently during the season.

 

He then retired temporarily to become an announcer for the Yankees. In 2003, he attempted a comeback with the Mets, but gave it up on May 30 after a strained hip was slow responding to treatment.

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Earle Combs

 

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A husky six-footer, the quiet leadoff man of the powerful 1927 Yankees covered Yankee Stadium's spacious center field, leading the league's centerfielders in putouts. Combs's specialty was the three-base hit; he had three in a 1927 game, led the AL in triples three times, and collected 154 in his career.

 

A cool, determined player, Combs was often overshadowed by his superstar teammates, but in nine seasons, he batted well over .300. In 1927 he hit .356, leading the AL with 231 hits (a team record until Don Mattingly broke it in 1986). He had a 29-game hitting streak in 1931.

The Kentucky Colonel's career came to an end in 1934 when, before the advent of warning tracks, he smashed into the wall at Sportsman's Park chasing a fly ball. His skull was fractured and his career virtually ended. After trying a comeback in 1935, and knowing that the Yankees would bring Joe DiMaggio up the next season, he accepted a coaching job. When DiMaggio arrived, Combs instructed him on the nuances of Yankee Stadium's outfield.

 

Combs left the Yankees during WWII. A good teacher, he returned to coach the Browns, Red Sox, and Phillies. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1970 by the Veterans Committee.

 

Did You Know, on April 18, 1929, Earle Combs became the first member of the Yankees to step to the plate wearing a uniform number when he wore #1 on Opening Day against the Boston Red Sox.

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OKay guys I can't believe nobody has put "The Kid" in yet.

 

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Teddy Ball Game was the last player to hit over .400 in a season.

Awards

 

1939 Rookie of the Year Award

1942 American League Triple Crown

1946 Most Valuable Player Award

1947 American League Triple Crown

1949 Most Valuable Player Award

1958 Silver Slugger Award

1966 Baseball Hall of Fame Induction

 

Honors

17 All-Star Game Player Honors

1953 All-Star Game First Ball Honor

12 Career Batting Title Honors

1946 World Series Game Honor

1999 Baseball All-Century Team Honor

1999 All-Star Game Honors

 

Also how much better could have his statistics been if he hadn't gone to serve in the Marines twice!!! He was amazing and most likely the greatest hitter of all time!!!

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Ted Williams:

1918-2002

 

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Honus Wagner

 

Honus Wagner is considered by many to be baseball's greatest all-around player. The Pittsburgh Pirates' shortstop was a sensational hitter, a brilliant base-runner and a flawless fielder. He broke into the majors by hitting .344 in 1897 and put together 17 consecutive .300 seasons. He was the NL batting champion for seven of those 17 seasons with a lifetime average of .329.

 

One of the first five players inducted to the Baseball Hall of Fame, he led the league in stolen bases on six occasions, finishing his career with a total of 722 steals. Wagner retired with more hits, runs, RBI, doubles, triples, games and steals than any other National League player.

After his career as a player, Honus became a manager for his longtime team, the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Honus Wagner baseball card, one of the most valuable in existence today, was recalled in 1909. At the time, the cards were distributed along with tobacco; Wagner, a nonsmoker, objected to being included in the promotion because he did not want to set a bad example for children.

 

 

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Joseph Jefferson Jackson (Shoeless Joe)

It's been written that the great Babe Ruth copied Joe Jackson's swing when he came up to the major leagues. Ruth, of course, at the time was a pitcher and he knew a good hitter when he saw one. Joe Jackson was more than a good hitter, he was a superstar. His career batting average of .356 is third highest in baseball history. Jackson is not in Baseball's Hall of Fame due to his supposed involvement in the fixing of the 1919 World Series, a fact that has never been proven to this day.

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For more information on Shoeless Joe, go to this site:

http://www.blackbetsy.com/

 

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Bernie Williams

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Born: September 13, 1968, San Juan, Puerto Rico

Full Name: Bernabe Figueroa Williams

Height: 6-2

Weight: 205 lbs.

Bats: Both

Throws: Right

Pos: CF

Season after season, Bernie keeps piling up huge offensive statistics, partly explaining why he's becoming a Yankee legend. It also doesn't hurt that he plays a solid center field in mythic Yankee Stadium and provides quiet though steady leadership to the clubhouse. He also has been a member of four world championship Yankee squads, as well.

 

Bernie outdid himself a bit in 2002, posting career bests in at-bats (612) and hits (204) on his way to hitting at a .333 clip, third best in the AL. Bernie smoked 37 doubles, 19 homers and collected 102 RBI, the fifth time he's gone over 100 in the latter category. He accomplished all that despite battling shoulder pain throughout the season.

 

Bernie is the picture of consistency, hitting more than .300 the past eight seasons and scoring over 100 runs the previous seven. The perennial all-star (six times) can also handle the glove, winning four straight Gold Gloves (1997-2000). His career numbers are rapidly piling up into something quite special, as he boasts 1,833 hits, 1,066 runs, 353 doubles, 226 home runs and 998 RBI while hitting .308.

Bernie grew up in Puerto Rico and played Little League ball against current Texas Rangers Juan Gonzalez and Ivan Rodriguez. As a teenager, Bernie also was one of the world's top 400-meter runners for his age group.

 

Many people forget that Bernie is one of the few remaining Dynasty players on the Yankee team, meaning he has played on the Yankees throughout the 90s.

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The true balla at short - Walt Weiss, 'nuff said.

 

 

Played for the A's (won Rookie of the Year in the three-peat of A's rookies with Jose Canseco and Mark McGwire), Marlins, Rockies and Braves.

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Joe Dimaggio

 

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"Joltin' Joe" and "The Yankee Clipper."

 

 

Played For

New York Yankees (1936-1942, 1946-1951)

 

Post-Season

1936 World Series, 1937 World Series, 1938 World Series, 1939 World Series, 1941 World Series, 1942 World Series, 1947 World Series, 1949 World Series, 1950 World Series, 1951 World Series

World Champion?

 

Yes, nine times.

 

Ultimate Games (2-0)

1947 World Series Game Seven, 1949 Regular Season

 

Honors

All-Star (13): 1936-1942, 1946-1951; American League MVP 1939, 1941 and 1947; voted Greatest Living Player in a 1969 Major League Baseball fans poll.

 

 

DiMaggio's 56-game hitting streak in 1941 remains one of baseball's most cherished records. As a young player he teamed with Lou Gehrig to lead some of the best Yankee teams ever. As an older player he formed a powerful lineup with Johnny Mize and Yogi Berra. When he retired, young star Mickey Mantle arrived to fill his shoes. Baseball fans soon realized that no one would ever accomplish that.

According to many eye witnesses, DiMaggio was the best all-around player of his time. He could hit, hit for power, throw, field, and run. He bridged the Gehrig era to the Mantle era. He was a winner: playing on ten pennant winners and failing to win the World Series just once in those ten tries.

 

He retired when he could have played a few more years and won some more titles. But that wasn't his style. He moved aside to make way for Mickey Mantle. Joe DiMaggio lived the life of an American Hero. In an amazing life as an American icon, DiMaggio married Hollywood star Marilyn Monroe, becoming the envy of every American male. Even after they split, DiMaggio remained in the spotlight as a spokesman for several products, including the Mr. Coffee maker.

 

DiMaggio came from a baseball family, his two brothers also were major leaguers. Dominic was the better of the two siblings, starring with the Red Sox, earning All-Star status and Hall of Fame support from teammate Ted Williams. Vince was best known for his defense and the long swing which led to him lead the league in strikeouts six times in his ten year career.

 

DiMaggio frequently battled the Yankees over his salary and was once almost traded straight up for Williams, in what would have been the biggest deal in baseball history. The Yankees benefited from his leadership, as DiMaggio helped break in Phil Rizzuto, Yogi Berra, and Mickey Mantle.

 

In 1969, as Major League Baseball celebrated the 100th anniversary of professional baseball, DiMaggio was voted the "Greatest Living Player."

 

Chasing .400

 

As the 1939 season drew to a close, 24-year old Joe DiMaggio was on the brink of baseball history.

 

"I remember there were about three weeks to go in the season and I had a plus-.400 batting average," Joe recalled in 1963. "I figured I was odds-on to finish the year with a .400 mark. I remember Joe McCarthy calling me into his office and telling me he didn't think I wanted to be a cheese champion so he was going to play me every day, even though the pennant was about clinched."

 

"I agreed, but a few days later I got this terrible pain over my right eye. I didn't tell anyone, and I went to a doctor who gave me Novocain shots over the eye to kill the pain. I was taking a terrible chance, but I never thought of the consequences. All I wanted to do was stay in the lineup and hit .400. I didn't make it though."

 

DiMaggio finished the season at .381, winning his first batting title and Most Valuable Player Award.

 

Position

Center field

Major League Debut: May 3, 1936; Dimaggio's debut was delayed by his contract holdout.

Feats

His record 56-game hitting streak has stood for more than 60 years.

Uniform #'s

#9 (1936), #5 (1937-1942, 1946-1951)

Best Season, 1941

 

Though Ted Williams great '41 season denied DiMaggio a batting or slugging title, Joltin' Joe had a monster year. He slugged .643 with a .440 OBP (1.083 OPS). He led the league with 125 RBI, and hit 30 homers and 43 doubles. He also scored 122 runs, collected 193 hits, and smashed 11 triples. Amazingly, he struck out just 13 times! He had 76 walks, and did all of this while playing his usual fantastic center field. Oh yes...and he also posted his 56-game hitting streak and led the Yankees to a World Series title.

 

Hitting Streaks

 

56 games (1941); DiMaggio's streak was stopped by Cleveland pitcher Jim Bagby Jr., son of former big league pitcher Jim Bagby. In the minor leagues, DiMaggio had a 610game hitting streak stopped by Ed Walsh Jr., son of Hall of Fame right-hander Ed Walsh.

DiMaggio and the MVP Award

 

DiMaggio won two controversial MVP awards over Ted Williams: in 1941 (by 37 votes, despite Williams' .406 average); and in 1947, (by a single vote). Twice he finished second, once in a very close vote. In 1937 he lost the honor to Detroit's Charlie Gehringer by four votes.

 

1936 - 8th

1937 - 2nd

1938 - 6th

1939 - 1st

1940 - 3rd

1941 - 1str> 1942 - 7th 1943-45 (military)

1946 - 19th

1947 - 1st

1948 - 2nd

1949 - 12th

1950 - 9th

 

Fighting with Casey

Late in his career, DiMaggio had a feud with Yankee manager Casey Stengel, whom he had little respect for. On July 8, 1951, after DiMaggio committed an error in center field, Stengel measured some revenge when he replaced Joe with rookie Jackie Jensen in the middle of the game. DiMaggio retired at the end of the 1951 season.

 

 

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Nolan Ryan

 

Born: January 31, 1947

Height: 6'2"

Weight: 195 Lbs.

First Game: September 11, 1966

Final Game: September 22, 1993

Bats/Throws: Right/Right

Drafted: 12th Round (!) of the 1965 draft by the Mets

Teams: New York Mets, California Angels, Houston Astros, Texas Rangers

Elected to HOF: 1999 (98.79% of votes)

Notable Achivements: 324 Wins, 27 Seasons, 5714 Strikeouts, 8 Time All-Star, 1 World Series Win

 

 

 

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Billy Herman

Billy Herman played on pennant winners in the 30's for the Chicago Cubs and in the 40's for the Brooklyn Dodgers. Manager Leo Durocher called Herman the final piece to the puzzle in 1941 for Brooklyn when he acquired Herman in a trade that year. Durocher proved to be right as the Dodgers won their first pennant that year in twenty-one years.

 

About Herman

One of the best hitting second baseman in history, Herman spent nearly four years in the minor leagues before being purchased by the NL's Chicago Cubs late in the 1931 season. He became a starter in 1932.

 

Although he wasn't fast, his reflexes and lateral quickness gave him great defensive ability. He led NL second baseman in putouts a record 7 times, in assists 3 times, and in fielding percentage 3 times.

 

He batted .314 in his first full season, collecting 206 hits and 102 runs to help lead the Cubs to a pennant. However, they lost the World Series in four games to the New York Yankees. After slipping to .279 in 1933, he hit over .300 the next 4 seasons, leading the league with 227 hits and 57 doubles in 1935, when the Cubs again won the pennant.

 

Herman batted .333 against the Detroit Tigers in the World Series, but the Cubs again lost. They won another pennant in 1938, again losing to the Yankees in the series, when Herman hit only .188.

 

He led the NL in triples with 18 in 1939, then was traded early in the 1941 season to the Brooklyn Dodgers, where he played on another pennant-winner but batted just .125 in a five-game World Series loss to the Yankees.

 

After serving in the Navy in 1944 and 1945, Herman returned to the Dodgers in 1946. He was traded during the season to the Boston Braves and in 1947 he became manager of the Pittsburgh Pirates, appearing in only 15 games. He was fired the day before the last game of the season.

 

Herman managed in the minor leagues and coached in the majors for several years before becoming manager of the AL's Boston Red Sox for the last two games of 1964. He was replaced late in the 1966 season.

 

 

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