Daily Archives: November 2, 2011

Ozzie Smith 1985 Donruss

Ozzie Smith 1985 Donruss

There he is – the greatest defensive shortstop that the sport has ever seen.

Quick as a cat with range that was unmatchable, Ozzie performed baseball miracles from shortstop.  And I have heard it said a few times that his range was so vast that he could cover from the third base line to second base with no problem.

A truly unreal and unbelievable defender, I wish more of today’s players valued the ‘other’ part of the game.

Thank you Ozzie!!!

Did You Know…

When Babe Ruth retired on May 30, 1935, with 714 home runs, no other player had reached 300 career home runs.

1974 Headline: Hank Aaron Traded

1974 Headline:  Hank Aaron Traded

On this day in 1974, the Atlanta Braves traded Henry Aaron to the Milwaukee Brewers for Dave May and Roger Alexander.

The aging Aaron was nearing the end of his major league career, and played just two more seasons before retiring in 1976.  Still, he was a huge attraction in the sport, and continued to build on his legendary status while playing for the Brewers.

Happy Birthday Willie McGee!!!

Happy Birthday Willie McGee!!!

Willie McGee turns 53 years old today.

A true baseball star that consistently excelled for the duration of his career, McGee put on quite a show for 18 major league seasons.

A player with all-around skills, McGee was able to change the games in which he played with his multi-faceted talents.  He was a great contact hitter and finished his career with a batting average of .295 alongside 2,254 total hits.  He was also a threat on the base paths as he stole 352 bases during his career en route to scoring 1,010 runs.

In his best season of 1985, Willie McGee dominated the National League and won the MVP award.  During that season he collected 216 hits and finished the year with a .353 batting average.  For the year he hit 18 triples, 26 doubles, stole 56 bases, and scored 114 times.  Additional hardware that McGee picked up in ’85 was a batting title, a Gold Glove, an All-Star roster spot, and a Silver Slugger award.

For his birthday, I give Willie McGee my vote.  There are a few petitions around on the web trying to get enough votes to retire number 51 in St. Louis as a way to honor McGee.   I’m on board!!!  And if you are too, please submit your vote here.

Happy Birthday Mr. McGee!!!