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    I believe the most remembered feats in baseball (or any other sport) are the result of a classic dual. Roger Maris' homerun race in 1961 may be remembered more for his HR dual with teammate Mickey Mantle than for just breaking thru the historic "60" barrier. Part of what made the homerun race of 1998 so exciting was the HR dual between Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa.

    This is true of other sports, too. Sam Snead vs Ben Hogan in golf -- and later Arnie Palmer vs Jack Nicklaus.
    I thought Phil Michelson would be a worthy foe of Tiger Woods, but so far that hasn't happened.
    In the NBA we had Bill Russell vs Wilt Chamberlin -- and later Larry Bird vs Magic Johnson.

    In baseball we remember Ted Williams vs Joe DiMaggio, or Willie Mays vs Hank Aaron.
    In years past it was Lou Gehrig vs Jimmie Foxx -- or Nap Lajoie against Ty Cobb.
    For one World Series, it was Roger Clemens vs Mike Piazza.

    Do you agree that classic duals like these is a big part of what makes these players so honored and remembered?

    What pairings are there in baseball today that might compare with these classic duals of the past?
    Last edited by Appling; 03-30-2006, 07:32 PM.
    Luke

  • #2
    Not to take the thread off a serious note, but the first thing I think of is Carlos Zambrano vs. the World.
    AL East Champions: 1981 1982
    AL Pennant: 1982
    NL Central Champions: 2011
    NL Wild Card: 2008

    "It was like coming this close to your dreams and then watching them brush past you like a stranger in a crowd. At the time you don't think much of it; you know, we just don't recognize the significant moments of our lives while they're happening. Back then I thought, 'Well, there'll be other days.' I didn't realize that that was the only day." - Moonlight Graham

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    • #3
      I definitely agree. Baseball history is rich with rivalries like Matty vs. Brown, Mack vs. McGraw, Sisler vs. Hornsby, Ruth vs. Gehrig, Gibson vs. Marichal, Clemens vs. Pedro, Griffey vs. Bonds (remember that debate?), Paige vs. Gibson, Campenella vs. Berra, Rizzuto vs. Reese, etc.
      "Hey Mr. McGraw! Can I pitch to-day?"

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      • #4
        Bonds/Sid Bream

        Jake LaMotta/Sugar Ray Robinson

        Magic/Bird is good for a career, but Dominique/Bird was pretty good for a few games.

        Cobb/Speaker pushed eachother for their careers.
        Last edited by Sultan_1895-1948; 03-30-2006, 07:45 PM.

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        • #5
          I hate doing this, but...

          The word you're looking for is "duel." Not "dual."
          "Simply put, the passion, interest and tradition surrounding baseball in New York is unmatched."

          Sean McAdam, ESPN.com

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          • #6
            Originally posted by ElHalo
            I hate doing this, but...

            The word you're looking for is "duel." Not "dual."
            El Halo vs. improper grammar



            Canseco/McGwire

            Gretzky/Messier

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            • #7
              Randy Johnson vs. Control
              AL East Champions: 1981 1982
              AL Pennant: 1982
              NL Central Champions: 2011
              NL Wild Card: 2008

              "It was like coming this close to your dreams and then watching them brush past you like a stranger in a crowd. At the time you don't think much of it; you know, we just don't recognize the significant moments of our lives while they're happening. Back then I thought, 'Well, there'll be other days.' I didn't realize that that was the only day." - Moonlight Graham

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              • #8
                Originally posted by ElHalo
                I hate doing this, but...

                The word you're looking for is "duel." Not "dual."

                Thanks! Obviously, I needed that.
                Luke

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by Dudecar00
                  Randy Johnson vs. Control
                  (Selig vs. Control) would also fit

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