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  • Five Ballplayers You'd Most Like to Hang Out With?

    I'd say (in purely alphabetical order - it was tough enough narrowing it down to five):

    Dick Allen
    Rabbit Maranville (this one could get scary)
    Pepper Martin
    Satchel Paige
    Paul & Lloyd Waner (cheating, maybe - but you just wouldn't get the full Waner experience with just one of 'em)

    Hon. Mention: Jim Brosnan

    Others?
    Last edited by westsidegrounds; 01-08-2013, 06:28 PM.

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    Yogi Berra
    John McGraw (as a player)
    King Kelly
    Rube Waddell
    Dizzy Dean
    This week's Giant

    #5 in games played as a Giant with 1721 , Bill Terry

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    • #3
      Rube Waddell
      John Montgomery Ward
      Eric Byrnes
      Mike Schmidt
      Carl Scheib
      "No matter how great you were once upon a time — the years go by, and men forget,” - W. A. Phelon in Baseball Magazine in 1915. “Ross Barnes, forty years ago, was as great as Cobb or Wagner ever dared to be. Had scores been kept then as now, he would have seemed incomparably marvelous.”

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      • #4
        Just five will be tough...

        Ted Williams---could talk for hours on hitting
        Willie Mays--to talk the complete game
        Jackie Robinson--Not only to talk about breaking the barrier, but to talk about disrupting a game
        Satchel Paige--to speak about the Negro Leagues, and the art of pitching
        Will Clark--because I'm a Giants fan and the Thrill was a treat to watch play!
        “Well, I like to say I’m completely focused, right? I mean, the game’s on the line. It’s not like I’m thinking about what does barbecue Pop Chips and Cholula taste like. Because I already know that answer — it tastes friggin’ awesome!"--Brian Wilson

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        • #5
          First and foremost would be Moe Berg, providing he'd be willing to talk about his wartime activities.
          Jackie Robinson for all that he accomplished and all he had to endure along the way.
          Ty Cobb, just to see how accurate reality was compared to perception.
          Bo Jackson and Rickey Henderson, just because!
          RIP - HGF [1937-2009]

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          • #6
            Stan Musial - seems like a nice guy, would have great stories, and I could jam with him
            Babe Ruth - Not that I could keep up with him in party mode, but I'm sure he'd only smoke the best cigars, drink the best scotch, eat the best food, etc.
            Tim Flannery - I have hung out with him- sort of. Interviewed him in person once and via phone once. Even though he's a coach for the Giants, he's one of my favorite baseball guys because he has so many other interests outside of baseball, but it never dims his enthusiasm for the game. Another person I'd like to jam with- or maybe write a song with.
            Doug Glanville - Like Flannery, clearly loves the game, but has lots going outside of it as well. Good writer and seems like a good guy too.
            Gil Hodges - My mom said he was the nicest of the 'Boys of Summer' era Dodgers. Everybody who met him found him an incredible gentleman. Like Musial, I think he'd just be pleasant to be around.

            Dishonorable mention to Hal Chase, who would probably not be as pleasant to hang out with as those above, but I'd like to spend an hour with him to judge for myself if he was as objectionable a person as history suggests.
            Found in a fortune cookie On Thursday, August 18th, 2005: "Hard words break no bones, Kind words butter no parsnips."

            1955 1959 1963 1965 1981 1988 2017?

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            • #7
              Ty Cobb - The greatest player of his era, who remained passionate for the game throughout his life. I'd love to talk baseball with someone who loved it and played it the way he did.
              Buck O'Neil - The storyteller of the Negro Leagues, he surely would've had plenty of great ones to share.
              Birdie Tebbetts - I read his autobiography, and he seems like he was a colorful character. He's a "lifer" who would've had some good stories.
              Tony Gwynn - He was always one of my favorite players, and he seems like he'd be a good guy to talk baseball with.
              Pete Rose - Like Cobb, a guy who lived and breathed baseball and was a warrior on the field.

              I guess the common thread for all these guys is that they are/were passionate and knowledgeable about the game, and I think it'd be fun just to hear them talk about it.
              Baseball Junk Drawer

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              • #8
                Bill Lee – because I like eccentric oddballs who wax eloquent on every subject under the sun

                Bucky Dent – because he broke Boston’s heart

                Joe Jackson – because I am captivated by the aura that is ‘Shoeless Joe’

                Sandy Koufax – because he seems like a really decent guy

                Catfish Hunter – Because anyone called Catfish must be cool

                Honorary mention: Branch Rickey – because I admire his convictions
                I believe in all that - in baseball, in picnics, in freedom. Walt Whitman, 1888

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                • #9
                  1. Mickey Mantle
                  2. Moe Berg
                  3. Babe Ruth
                  4. Ted Williams
                  5. Dizzy Dean
                  My top 10 players:

                  1. Babe Ruth
                  2. Barry Bonds
                  3. Ty Cobb
                  4. Ted Williams
                  5. Willie Mays
                  6. Alex Rodriguez
                  7. Hank Aaron
                  8. Honus Wagner
                  9. Lou Gehrig
                  10. Mickey Mantle

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                  • #10
                    None of them. They'd hate you, you'd hate them.

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                    • #11
                      Bill "Spaceman" Lee.
                      Which reminds me-Don Zimmer
                      Jackie Robinson, obviously
                      Babe Ruth, but I couldn't keep up with him.
                      Frenchy Bordagaray-any player that spits on an umpire and then says "The fine was more than I expectorated" is my kind of guy.
                      They call me Mr. Baseball. Not because of my love for the game; because of all the stitches in my head.

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                      • #12
                        Willie Mays
                        R.A. Dickey
                        Yogi Berra
                        Mr. Met

                        I bet Mr. Met has some stories to tell.
                        The Mets have the best, smartest fans in baseball.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by ol' aches and pains View Post
                          Frenchy Bordagaray-any player that spits on an umpire and then says "The fine was more than I expectorated" is my kind of guy.
                          He attempted to break the facial hair barrier in the 40's with the Dodgers if I remember correctly. Showed up to spring training with a mustache.
                          "No matter how great you were once upon a time — the years go by, and men forget,” - W. A. Phelon in Baseball Magazine in 1915. “Ross Barnes, forty years ago, was as great as Cobb or Wagner ever dared to be. Had scores been kept then as now, he would have seemed incomparably marvelous.”

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Blue387 View Post
                            Willie Mays
                            R.A. Dickey
                            Yogi Berra
                            Mr. Met

                            I bet Mr. Met has some stories to tell.
                            Clue me in Who is Mr met?
                            This week's Giant

                            #5 in games played as a Giant with 1721 , Bill Terry

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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by TomBodet View Post
                              None of them. They'd hate you, you'd hate them.
                              I bet you're fun at parties.
                              My top 10 players:

                              1. Babe Ruth
                              2. Barry Bonds
                              3. Ty Cobb
                              4. Ted Williams
                              5. Willie Mays
                              6. Alex Rodriguez
                              7. Hank Aaron
                              8. Honus Wagner
                              9. Lou Gehrig
                              10. Mickey Mantle

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