Bob Watson was a consistent hitter and a dependable team player who, though signed as a catcher, caught only 10 major league games. He played mostly the outfield for Houston until 1975, when he took over at first base for Lee May, who had been traded. He batted a career-high .324 that year and topped the .300 mark in six of his 11 seasons as a regular. In 1976, he scored the one millionth run in ML baseball history. He drove in more than 100 runs in both 1976 and 1977, and was the Astros' all-time leader in hits and RBI when traded to Boston in June 1979. Helped by the DH rule, Watson had a late-career renaissance in the American League. On September 15, 1979, he became the first ML player to hit for the cycle in both leagues (he did so in the NL in 1977). He signed as a free agent with the Yankees for 1980 and excelled in postseason play. In 1981 he tied a record by homering in his first World Series plate appearance; the three-run shot boosted the Yankees to a 5-3 Game One victory over the Dodgers.
Went 21 - 5 in his rookie season in 1947 with the NY Giants. Won 23 in 1951, and was the winnig pitcher of record when Bobby Thompson hit "the shot heard 'round the world". My father claims that he named my brother Larry (Janssen) after him. (Dad was a big Giants fan until they broke his heart in 1958)
Jack Morris...One of the most under rated pitchers of his era. Great under pressure and a worthy Hall Of Fame candidate.
Couldn't agree more.
Pretty good slugger for the Dodgers and Cardinals through the 80's. Lead glove in the field, though. No matter what position he played (OF, 1B, 3B) he was horrible to the point of a liability. Injuries cut down his power at the tail end of his career.
All-Star - 1981, 1983, 1985, 1987, 1989 1981-WS MVP (along with teammates Ron Cey and Steve Yeager) Silver Sluggers - 1982-NL--OF 4 times in the top 5 for MVP
13 time All-Star( 1967-1973, 1975-1978, 1981) National League Cy Young Award 1969, 1973, and 1975 National League Rookie of the Year 1967
George Thomas Seaver was a franchise power pitcher who helped change the New York Mets from lovable losers into formidable foes. The quintessential professional, "Tom Terrific" won 311 games with a 2.86 ERA over 20 seasons and his 3,272 strikeouts set a National League career record. Seaver fanned 3,640 batters in his career, including 200 or more 10 times and 19 in a single game once. "Number 41" was the National League Rookie of the Year in 1967, a three-time Cy Young Award winner, and made more Opening Day starts (16) than any pitcher in history.
"He's so good that blind people come to the park just to hear him pitch." — Reggie Jackson