I've been thinking lately about what players really are the greatest to ever play professional baseball. I decided to make up a team with the greatest players ever that couldn't be beat. So i've now decided that I think it would be really fun to do a whole series sort of thing on it. I will be doing a different segment of the team everyday until Sunday. I'm welcoming any suggestions and welcome you to be free to speak your mind about the team. Players from the Negro Leagues and others are welcome. The days I will doing my segments are listed below. Enjoy the series!!!
Part 1: The Starters
C Josh Gibson, Negro League Player who hit 962 HR's and hit .373 in his career! He was nicknamed the "Black Babe Ruth" although the numbers indicate he was better. Hall of Famer.
1B Lou Gehrig, New York Yankees, played in a onetime record 2,130 games and won the Triple Crown in 1934. Although he was in the shadow of Babe Ruth most of his career he many a time performed better. Could have been the greatest player ever if he hadn't retired so early. Hall of Famer.
2B Pete Rose, Cincinnati Reds, has the most career hits (4,256), games played in (3,562), and career at bats (14,053). Had a 44 game hitting streak and won the NL MVP in 1973. Excluded from the Hall of fame because of gambling on the sport.
3B Alex Rodriguez, New York Yankees, currently has 498 HR's as of now and will soon get to 500. He's only 31 and is still playing so many people think he will break the MLB HR record eventually. He has won 2 gold gloves at SS and 2 AL MVP awards. He is one of the most dominating players in the game.
SS Honus Wagner, Pittsburgh Pirates, won 8 National League batting titles and 5 NL RBI titles. Has 3,415 career hits with a career .327 batting average and 722 career stolen bases. His T206 baseball card is the most famous baseball card in existence and has sold for as high as $2,350,000. Inaugural Hall of Famer
LF Ted Williams, Boston Red Sox, was the last player to hit at least .400 ( he hit .406 in 1941). Won 2 AL MVPs (1946 and '49), 5 ML Player of the Year Awards (1941,'42,'47,'49,'57), 2 Triple Crowns (1942 and '47), had a career average of .344, hit 521 Hr's, and holds a career record with a .482 On Base percentage. Hall of Famer.
CF Ty Cobb, Detroit Tigers, Had 4,191 career hits and 892 stolen bases. Held at one time 90 records. Still holds the records for career Batting average (.367), steals of home plate (54), and AL batting titles (12). Batted over .320 for 22 straight seasons and over .400 3 times (1911, '12, and '22). Win TripleCrown in 1909. Inaugural Hall of Famer
RF Hank Aaron, Atlanta Braves, He is currently the holder of the MLB HR record with 755, the total bases record with 6,856, the RBI record with 2,297, and the extra base hits record with 1,477. He is the only player to hit at least 20 HR's in 20 seasons. Has won the 1957 NL MVP, 3 Gold Gloves, the 1970 Lou Gehrig Memorial Award, and made 24 All Star games. One of the best all-around players ever to play the game.
The Rest of this series...
Tommorow Part 2: The Starting Rotation...Friday Part 3: The Bench...Saturday Part 4: The Bullpen