Monday, July 27, 2009

Living Legends


This past weekend, Jim Rice and Rickey Henderson solidified their status among baseball's all-time elite with their induction into the National Hall of Fame. One of those two, Rice, also holds the glorious distinction of being one of 13 lucky living players to be enshrined in both Cooperstown as well as the RBI Baseball Hall of Shame.

Today, we look back at the accomplishments that landed them on this selective list.


Jim Rice
  • Was suspended for three games by the club for shoving manager Joe Morgan. Rice was angered when Morgan replaced him with pinch hitter Spike Owen in the 8th inning of Boston's eventual win over Minnesota. I'd push my manager too if he took me out for Spike Owen...
  • Is rumored to have an absolutely massive collection of porno
  • Is the single-season leader (as well as #2) for most GIDPs
Wade Anthony Boggs
  • Sued by a flight attendant for threatening and cursing at her. Apparently the shit went down after she refused to serve Wade a final beer before landing. He pointed his finger in her face and threatened to "kick your fat lips in."
  • Sued for $12 million by former mistress Margo Adams for breach of Oral Contract. They later settled out of court.
  • Admitted to being a sex addict on National TV
  • Missed a few games after injuring his back while pulling up his cowboy boots. It was rumored that Margo Adams played a role in the injury and the boots were a cover-up.
  • Was run over by his wife, like with a car. When authorities arrived Boggs claimed that he fell out of the car and she rolled over him without noticing. Riiiight...
George Brett
  • Two words - Pine Tar
  • Broke his toe in 1986 while running from his kitchen to his TV in order to watch the Bill Buckner play.
  • During the '80 World Series, George Brett had an "attack" of hemorrhoids. He said, at a press conference: "Just because you guys are such perfect assholes, I don't know why you're making such a big deal about this. My problems are all behind me." - Thanks to Justin Pagano for this one
  • Once, at Royals Stadium, Brett took out his frustration on a trash can. He beat on it with a bat, then threw himself into the trash can. Teammate Jaime Quirk found Brett in the can covered in garbage. *
Gary Carter
  • Perceived large ego, love of self-promotion and reputation for only playing hard when a game was televised to a national audience earned him the nickname "Camera Carter"
  • Once, after starting to talk and talk and talk after seeing an LA Times reporter approaching his general area during spring training, teammate Warren Cromartie cried out, "Gary, at least wait until the guy asks a question."
  • On his 34th birthday, Carter was in the lineup for a game against the Phillies. He went 3 for 3, driving in the Mets' only run with a home run. With 2 out in the 9th, Carter ended the game by getting picked off by Steve Jeltz's hidden ball trick.
Tony Gwynn
  • Missed a game after breaking the tip of his finger by slamming it in the door of his Porsche on the way to the bank. I would have guessed the bakery...
Reggie Jackson
  • Is baseball's all-time strikeout leader
Paul Molitor
  • Dislocated a knuckle when he got it stuck in another player's glove
Cal Ripken
  • Involved in one of the strangest sports conspiracies of all time. The story goes that Kevin Costner and his wife were staying at Ripkens house in 1997 during a film shoot. Kevin comes home from the shoot and finds Cal in bed with his wife. A melee ensues and Ripken is hurt in the scuffle. Too hurt to play, the Orioles concoct a lighting problem at Camden Yards to postpone that night's game, thus preserving The Streak. Probably bullshit, but the story itself is shameful...
  • Is the career leader for Grounding into Double Plays
Nolan Ryan
  • Missed a start after being bitten on the hand by a coyote. And no it wasn't Peter Coyote of The Legend of Billie Jean fame...
Ryne Sandberg
  • His ex-wife is rumored to have slept with former teammates Rafael Palmerio and Dave Martinez while they were married. That makes for an awkward clubhouse...
Mike Schmidt
  • Once reported for morning exercises during spring training in 1977 with his pants down at his knees.
Ozzie Smith
  • Among nonpitchers who started their careers after 1920, only Lloyd "Little Poison" Waner had fewer career homers (27) than Smith (29) and reached the Hall of Fame as a player.
  • Was fined and suspended in 1988 after starting a brawl by rabbit punching fellow RBIer Will Clark after Clark slid in hard into second base to break up a double play.
Don Sutton
  • Was ejected from a game and suspended for 10 games for defacing the ball in 1978. After threatening legal action against the National League, Suttons suspension was dropped

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