posted on Mar, 17 2006 @ 12:55 AM
OK, everyone, this may be my last trivia question on the 500 HR Club, because if I get into 500 Club members who were born in the 1960's, my
"questions" will be 20,000 words long and full of sanctimony and outrage.
There were only TWO members of the 500 HR club born in the 1940's, and only ONE born in the 1950's.
(1) How many of these three men can you name; and
(2) Can you identify the one who was born in the 1950's?
He was born in 1956. The other two were born in 1946 and 1949. The two born in the 1940's were significantly better HR hitters than the one born in
The one born in 1946 was pretty much a one-dimensional player, or at least became one. As he grew older, he became a terrible defensive liability.
The one born in 1956 was a very steady machine of a hitter. He racked up RBI's with unparalleled consistency, but was never a great HR hitter, or
even close to it.
The one born in 1949 was, by far, the greatest player of the three. He had the best career HR/AB ratio, won by far the most HR crowns, won by far the
most Gold Gloves (the others won zero and three, respectively), and was just a vastly better player than either of the other two. But they were all
damn good, and they all earned their plaques in Cooperstown.
(HOOTIE, please give the others until midnight Eastern, or 9 p.m. Pacific, on Friday.)