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    Another thread discusses "favorite" players who were very good but so far passed over by the Hall of FAme. But how about some other favorites of yours -- players who will NEVER be voted to the HOF but who gave you happiness, perhaps in your youth?

    Some of my 'favorites" in this category:
    Chico Carresquel --SS for the White Sox
    Gus Zernial -- "Ozark Ike" of the W/Sox
    Walt Dropo -- fantastic rookie year, then dropped out of sight
    Billy Goodman -- who remembers that he won the 1950 AL batting crown?
    Jim Rivera -- one of the early "Go - Go" Sox, great speed
    Jim Busby -- another of the Go-Sox
    Greg Gagne -- flashy shortstop for the 1987 WS Twins
    Kent Hrbek -- edged by Cal Ripken for Rookie of the Year, but career injuries put him down
    Birdie Tebbetts -- good hitting catcher, lots of chatter
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    Luke

  • #2
    Originally posted by Appling
    Greg Gagne -- flashy shortstop for the 1987 WS Twins
    Gagne lived in the town I grew up in in MA for several years when I was younger. I actually trick-or-treated at his house a couple times.

    Solid player, and it was cool to see a "local guy" make good.

    I have probably 20-30 autographs from Gagne, if you're interested in one, send me a PM with your address and I'll send one off to ya.
    Visit my card site at Mike D's Baseball Card Page.

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    • #3
      For me, I would have to go with a hometown favorite - Jay "the Bone" Buhner

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      • #4
        A lot of folks probably never heard of one of my childhood favorites: Lynn Jones.

        Jones was a good field, no-hit bench warmer for the Detroit Tigers in the late 1970s/early 1980s. He bounced around a few years after leaving the Tigers, then later became a coach for the Red Sox.

        Why is Lynn Jones one of my favorite players ever? Because he was a nice guy.

        My little brother and I used to wait outside the players' parking lot at Tiger Stadium to get autographs and chat with the players. Most players just drove past us without even looking at us. But some of the players would stop and sign autographs -- and some of them would even spend a few minutes talking to us starry-eyed kids.

        Lynn Jones was one of the latter. I can still remember him pulling out of the lot in his SUV (back in the days when most folks didn't drive SUVs; I don't even think they called them SUVs back then).

        Lynn stopped his vehicle and passed out sticks of Bazooka bubble gum to all the kids. He signed our autographs; then, after everything was signed, he stayed and chatted with us for awhile. It was awesome. He told us if we wanted to become ballplayers, we would have to work really hard. And he told us to stay in school and to have a backup plan in case baseball didn't work out.

        My little brother and I raced home and mounted our autographs on 3x5 index cards -- and we also taped our sticks of Bazooka to the index cards as well. No way were we going to chew the gum that Lynn Jones had personally given to us!!!

        So, although Lynn Jones was a journeyman ballplayer at best, he will always occupy a special place in my heart, simply because he was a nice guy.

        I wonder ol' Lynn has a clue how much of an effect had on one kid's life that fateful day when he pulled out of the Tiger parking lot. To a child, a little bit of kindness goes a long way. I wish more ballplayers could see that.
        "Hey Mr. McGraw! Can I pitch to-day?"

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        • #5
          Eric Davis-awesome blend of power and speed

          Robbie Thompson-gritty ballplayer

          Billy North-cool baseball card from 1977 or 78 I think.

          Jack Clark-first Giants' player I can remember

          Ed Ott-Cool name, I thought he was related to Mel Ott

          Dave Collins- fast white guy that had 79 SB in 1980.

          Ron LeFLore- I always remember LaVar Burton playing Leflore is a TV movie.
          Strikeouts are boring! Besides that, they're fascist. Throw some ground balls - it's more democratic.-Crash Davis

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          • #6
            Howard Johnson

            Carney Lansford

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            • #7
              Bob Horner and Willie Wilson were two players I rooted for who aren't going to sniff the HOF. I also was a fan of the above mentioned Hrbek.
              My local favorites growing up were Milt Wilcox, Lance Parrish and John Wockenfuss.
              Dave Bill Tom George Mark Bob Ernie Soupy Dick Alex Sparky
              Joe Gary MCA Emanuel Sonny Dave Earl Stan
              Jonathan Neil Roger Anthony Ray Thomas Art Don
              Gates Philip John Warrior Rik Casey Tony Horace
              Robin Bill Ernie JEDI

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              • #8
                mark belanger was one of my favorites

                pete rose was too but that fell to crap - as didn't my admiration for o.j. simpson

                liked roberto kelly but he didn't pan out

                loved that lansford crouch where he was scrapping the ground before every pitch

                always liked billy martin as well

                had to like bo jackson

                john franco
                Last edited by Brian McKenna; 03-06-2006, 09:00 PM.

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                • #9
                  I liked a bunch of tools guys back in the 8's...none of them ever became HOFers, though some had some awesome seasons....
                  Eric Davis
                  Roberto Kelly
                  Glenn Braggs (breaking bats on missed swings....thats STRONG folks!)
                  Devon White
                  Ruben Sierra
                  Barry Bonds, back when he was 175 pounds

                  As an overweight player with good power and surprising speed, was it any wonder I liked the guys that could do it all?

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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by bkmckenna
                    loved that lansford crouch where he was scrapping the ground before every pitch
                    Attached Files

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                    • #11
                      actually meant his crouch at third base - but nice pix

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                      • #12
                        Oh my bad. Yeah he did get down pretty low didn't he. I just always think of his tourettes syndrome hand movement. Well, that and his top notch porn stache

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                        • #13
                          manny mota.
                          Johnny
                          Delusion, Life's Coping Mechanism

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                          • #14
                            Harry "Suitcase" Simpson. The first major league I went to was in KC in 1956. Simpson, Hector Lopez, and Vic Power were playing catch along the 3B line when I came along asking for autographs. They were kind enough to sign my program and I have always had a soft spot for all three of them, but particularly for the man with the great nickname.
                            Buck O'Neil: The Monarch of Baseball

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                            • #15
                              My favorites from when I was a kid (again, showing my youth)... forgetting the obvious ones like Mattingly, and skipping right to...

                              Steve Howe
                              Rafael Santana
                              Kevin Maas
                              Bill Gullickson
                              Lenny Dykstra
                              Dave Magadan
                              "Simply put, the passion, interest and tradition surrounding baseball in New York is unmatched."

                              Sean McAdam, ESPN.com

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