Over the decade’s baseball has been part of the nation. It has entertained, gripped and caused emotional jubilation and breakdown. It delivered heroes and made spectators feel heroic. It gave a sense of belonging to many. The true heroes of the game have their names etched into history. Here are some of them.
For most of his 22-year long career, he has been part of the New York/San Francisco Giants. Nicknamed as “They Say Hey Kid”. His 660 home runs during his career are still keeping him 5th on the record lists. Some fans still consider Mays as the greatest all-around offensive baseball player of all times. His career started in 1947 when he played for his high school and later on, he played in the Negro American League. Moving on to Minor League until 1951 when he played for the Giants. Mays didn’t get off on a good start with absolutely no hits on his first twelve bats. His 13th was. However, a turning point hitting a home run over the left field roof and the rest is history.
The “Man of Steel” spent nine years of his career in MLB before he retired in 2003. The Baseball Hall of Fame welcomed him in 2009. Holder of the most bases stolen in a single season, also being the only player in AL taking more than 100 stations in one season. In 1990 AL’s named him their Most Valuable Player of the year. This Chicago born player played for a variety of teams throughout his career including the New York Yankees between 1985 and 1989 as well as the Boston Red Socks in 2002.
Baseman, coach and manager of the Miami Marlins, nicknamed “The Hit Man” or also known as “Donnie Baseball” were a New York Yankee for his entire 14-year long career. He also filled the role as manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers for five years. Being ambidextrous meant that he could throw just as high with his left hand as with his right hand, a valuable skill to have mastered. Mattingly is the winner of nine Golden Glove Awards, three Silver Slugger Awards and was the AL Most Valuable Player in 1985. A life spent in contribution to the sport.
“The Iron Horse” played his entire career in MLB. Known for his prowess as a hitter, he hit 493 home runs during his span of 17 seasons and had 1995 RBI. Gehrig joined the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1939. As a Columbia Student, he signed with the Yankees in 1923 and set several records during his career. His career was brought to a halt at the young age of 36 by amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, which was later named after him as it became known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Heroes of the game, giants in history, inspiring magnificence in the upcoming generation.