Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Countdown to Opening Day, by the Numbers...Big #6

We continue our countdown toward opening day in big league baseball with a look back at the number 6.

Six...#6, the shortstop on your scorecard.

The number six is 6 innings, now a "quality start" in big league baseball.

Six is Yankee manager Joe Torre, outfielder Roy White, and the great Tony Lazzeri of the 1927 "Murder's Row."

#6 is Dodgers 1st baseman Steve Garvey, the cornerstone of the best infield in the 1970s...Garvey, Lopes, Russell, and Cey.

Six is "Big Six," the legendary Christy Mathewson of the old New York Giants, who died of tuberculosis at the young age of just 45.

Six is the best right fielder in baseball in the 1960's, Al Kaline, the Hall of Famer of the Detroit Tigers.

Six is the number of Cy Young Awards for "Rocket" Roger Clemens, the most All-Time for any big league hurler.

#6 is Johnny Callison of the Phillies, Melvin Mora of the Orioles, Johnny Pesky, and the "Pesky Pole" in Fenway Park.

#6 is the sweet swing of the great Stan "The Man" Musial of the St. Louis Cardinals, and the power of Phillies star 1st baseman Ryan Howard.

#6 is Tony Oliva of the Twins, and Wally Backman, 2nd baseman of the 1986 New York Mets.

Bobby Cox, who managed to get himself tossed out of  RECORD 158 big league games, wore #6 as Manager of the Atlanta Braves, guiding the team to 14 consecutive N.L. East Titles, 5 N.L. Pennants, and 1 World Series Title, in 1995.

Do you have a favorite #6?

What #6 did I miss?

Comment below on what #6 and baseball means to you.

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