The Mount Rushmore Of: Baseball

04Jul08

Let start with a topic that everyone has an opinion on: Baseball.

My Mount Rushmore of Baseball is:

  1. Jackie Robinson: No, not even one of the top 50 baseball players of all-time, but what he did for the game is undeniable.  He’s the only player who’s number is retired by every team in Major League Baseball.  Jackie Robinson is an easy choice for the Mount Rushmore of Baseball.
  2. Babe Ruth: I’m actually not a huge Babe Ruth fan.  Colin Cowherd said on his radio show that anyone who can be played by John Goodman in their bio-pic is overrated – which is funny and probably true.  But the fact of the matter is that his HR record dwarfed anything that had ever been done before.  When Babe Ruth played, he was an absolute freak show.  Before Babe Ruth, the single season record was 27.  Then he hit 29 in 1919.  Then he hit 54 in 1920.  That’s like some one rushing for 4000 yards in a single NFL season.  Babe Rush has to be in this group.
  3. Walter Johnson - There has to be at least one pitcher on here and Walter Johnson has the stats to be the guy. 417 wins, 3509 stikeouts, 2.17 lifetime ERA and he even has 547 hits.  This is a no-brainer.  Roger Clemens would have got some consideration, before this year…but we all know how that’s going down.
  4. This is the tough one.  Ted Williams or Willie Mays.  Their stats are really close, especially if you extrapolate Ted Williams’ stats for the three years that he missed in ’43. ’44 and ’45.  I give the nod to Ted Williams since he hit .406 in 1941 and is considered the greatest pure hitter of all-time.  But this is a really tough call.  I really could go either way.

Who’s on your Mount Rushmore of Baseball?

Information and statistics from The Baseball Guru and The Hardball Times.

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6 Responses to “The Mount Rushmore Of: Baseball”

  1. 1 Andy Long

    What gives Neal? No love for Hank Aaron?

  2. 2 hypocrite

    Neal, this is why it is so difficult to compare era’s in baseball. I would definitely put The Babe in there since he hit more homeruns than some other teams combined. But, the flip side is that people did not try and hit home runs back then.

    Ted Williams-best pure hitter, ever. A lot of people who have played the game have always said that about him, so he deserves to be on there.

    Jackie Robinson-not one of the top 4 players of all time, but this is the Mount Rushmore of: Baseball and he had a huge influence over the game. On the same token, do we maybe put a marketing genius like Bill Veeck on here?

    Walter Johnson-different era where I don’t think pitching stats can mean hell beans. However, I couldn’t argue putting him up there or Cy Young.

    Other players that could be considered, I would throw in Ty Cobb (great portrayal by Tommy Lee Jones), Willie Mays, Joe D. or Stan the Man.

    I hope you do other things like the Mt. Rushmore of Neal’s favorite sexual positions or the Mt. Rushmore of Neal’s favorite snacks.

  3. Babe Ruth – He was the first. Also threw 2 no no’s as a pitcher for the sox

    Willy Mays – 660 hr’s and probably the best fielding outfielder in the history of the sport.

    Jackie Robinson – No Brainer

    Sandy Koufax – Cy Young and Walter Johnson cancel each other out, and the era is a little sketchy as far as pitchers go. Koufax was dominant, and as our good friend Wikipedia points out, the numbers bear it out. see below…
    Koufax’s career peaked with a run of six outstanding seasons from 1961 to 1966, before arthritis ended his career at age 30. He was named the National League’s Most Valuable Player in 1963, and won the 1963, 1965, and 1966 Cy Young Awards by unanimous votes; in all three seasons, he won the pitcher’s triple crown by leading the league in wins, strikeouts, and earned run average (he actually led both leagues in all three categories).[1][2] A notoriously difficult pitcher for batters to face, he was the first major leaguer to pitch more than three no-hitters (including the first perfect game by a left-hander since 1880), to average fewer than seven hits allowed per nine innings pitched in his career (6.79; batters hit .205 against him), and to strike out more than nine batters (9.28) per nine innings pitched in his career.[3] He also became the 2nd pitcher in baseball history to have two games with 18 or more strikeouts, and the first to have eight games with 15 or more strikeouts.

  4. 4 josh

    Sandy Koufax – Hey, he’s a Jew. Plus a lefty, and a perfect game under his belt. Shomer shabbos!

    Harry Caray – Making a sometimes ultra-boring sport to watch on TV fun. If you were a hot dog, would you eat yourself? Probably doesn’t deserve to be on this list, but hey, Teddy Roosevelt never belonged on Mt. Rushmore.

    Cy Young – Most winningest pitcher never to win the Cy Young Award.

    Hank Aaron – Broke an amazing record, all the while battling racism. Plus he was very nice last year about when a cheater broke his record. Amicable, maybe.

  5. 5 Scott

    Baseball is America. It is classy. It is dirty. It is about breaking records, and about numbers. It is about victory and defeat, and about the fans.

    Considering these factors, Baseball’s Mount Rushmore must include exactly the following players:

    Babe Ruth
    Jackie Robinson
    Henry Aaron
    Ty Cobb

    Greats like DiMaggio, Mays, Hornsby, Johnson, Seaver, Williams, and Mantle are close. Those who come the closest, incorporating everything we know and love about baseball – Gehrig, Clemente, Ripken, Ryan, and Koufax – don’t have to pay admission to this shrine. But the above four on the Shrine, as we reflect on their impact on life, as we watch their records get broken, consider their class and ferocity, and as we acknowledge that without them baseball and America might be a different and sadder place, it is clear they belong.

  6. 6 AR

    1) Jackie Robinson
    2) Babe Ruth
    3) Branch Rickey
    4) Marvin Miller


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