Isn’t it fun to watch baseball? Every home run, every second, every fast ball is a new experience in its own right. Truly, baseball is the best thing to have ever happened in the US. Let’s dedicate this post to baseball legends who, according to this site, have not only given new heights to the game but also laid the groundwork for making it a popular and beloved sport.
Is it humanely possible to not keep Babe Ruth at the top of every baseball legends list in this world? Ruth was reaching 54 when others were struggling to reach 20. He showed the world what is possible in baseball and how one man could completely change the game for his team. Between 1918 and 1931, he led an illustrious career where he either led or tied the AL in home runs a whopping 12 times. He also shot 602 long balls during this time when others couldn’t even reach 300. He was fondly known as Sultan of Swat. It is difficult to find a player who could match the stature of Ruth. He is, was and will always be the tallest man in American baseball.
When it comes to elite performance, nobody can match Willie Mays. He has become the greatest center fielder in the game ever. Mays has hit 660 home runs and is one of the best players in the defense side ever, probably alongside Andruw Jones. He was one of the most durable and dependable players in the ranks at the time. The Say Hey kid returned from the military to show the world what a man could do. He played an outstanding 2,992 games. He was a special talent and baseball fans have only recently started admiring him for his true worth. But better late than never.
Who can forget the legendary Barry Bonds who belted 73 home runs in the 2001 season? The next year, he was in even better form and enthralled the audience with his exceptional performance. To truly understand why he is considered one of the greatest in the world, you must watch his 2001 and 2002 season performance. Even the 2004 season is counted as one of his best. His offense was fantastic and it was difficult to stop Barry when he got started. He also has the membership of the 500-homer and 500-steal club. Now that’s an accomplishment that one would want to repeat. He has seven MVP awards and eight Gold Gloves.
Williams was a talent par excellence. It is difficult to compare him to anyone but Ruth himself. The Red Sox legend was one of the players who left baseball to participate in the US military. He was gone for three years and then missed the 1952 and 1953 seasons because of the Korean war. He gave away his prime years to the US armed forced. However, given his impressive stats, if he hasn’t been absent all this time, he could have easily hit 600 home runs and 3,000 hits.
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