Baseball Crank
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June 19, 2003
BASEBALL: Unprecedented?

Joe Sheehan, predictably, defends Roger Clemens' snit over his Hall of Fame plaque (Link is subscription only). But that's not the interesting part. The interesting part is Sheehan's statement that "[Roberto] Alomar may eventually be regarded as the first Hall of Famer who could not be associated with any team."

This is monumental ignorance of history. First of all, there have been plenty of journeymen Hall of Famers even in recent years -- Reggie Jackson, Nolan Ryan, Gaylord Perry, Hoyt Wilhelm (Sheehan does mention Ryan). And if you dig further back, there are many other players no more associated with one team than Alomar -- Rabbit Maranville, George Davis, Jim O'Rourke, Dan Brouthers. I'm sure this was a throwaway line, but Sheehan should know better.

Posted by Baseball Crank at 6:26 AM | Baseball 2002-03 | Comments (3) | TrackBack (0)
Comments

Disagree as to two of your examples, but agree with your overall point: Alomor could not be associated wtih ANY team. Nolan Ryan is associated with more than one team, but primarily the Astros. Reggie is also associated with more than one team: probably most the Yankees and A's. I'm not sure any team's fans diligently try to claim ownership for Alomar, I think both Yankees' fans and A's' fans try to claim ownership of Reggie.

Posted by: Kiner's Korner at June 19, 2003 2:12 PM

Of course according to Joe, all of Clemens team accomplishments happened in NYC and none in Boston. That's a little hard to swallow.

Posted by: Divide By Zero at June 20, 2003 1:22 AM

Of course according to Joe, all of Clemens team accomplishments happened in NYC and none in Boston. That's a little hard to swallow.

Posted by: Divide By Zero at June 20, 2003 1:22 AM
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