There are ballplayers like Babe Ruth who will always be remembered as one of the best in the sport. Forerunners who rise above to set the bar for all other players. Those legends and rising stars making news reels and fans alike explode with excitement and patriotic pride. They are forever remembered for their athletic ability and the prowess of their trade. Remembered for their record-breaking moments of defying all odds and inspiring the masses to pick up a bat and crack a few out of the park.
Who could forget the legendary game-winning home run that Blue Jays right-fielder Joe Carter hit to bring another baseball championship title to Canada? What about the "Shot Heard 'Round the World" when New York Giants outfielder Bobby Thomson lead his team to a spot in the 1951 World Series with one swing of the bat? How about Jackie Robinson permanently breaking the color barrier and inspiring a whole race of Americans to fall in love with the beautiful game of baseball? Don't forget about all of those fielders who have made incredible plays in order to save their teams from getting too deep in the hole.
The history of baseball is rich with these godlike players and icons shattering the glass and creating a mythos for future generations to look back to. These players will always be remembered as heroes, legends and idols for all fans of sport around the world.
You have your heroes who define the game, and then you have these guys.
15 15. Pete Rose Jr.
Pete Rose was one of those guys that made a major splash in Major League Baseball. Not only does Rose hold the all-time hits record in the league, but he also exited the Majors with enough drama to keep his name alive. When his son announced that he would join the majors, the world rejoiced for another generation of the Rose dynasty to take the diamond by force.
It didn't happen.
14 14. Ruben Rivera
13 13. Marv Throneberry
12 12. Charlie Comiskey
11 11. Curt Blefary
10 10. Smead Jolley
9 9. Bob Kammeyer
8 8. Larry Littleton
7 7. Mike Potter
6 6. Vin Mazzaro
5 5. Herm Wehmeier
4 4. John Van Benschoten
Hey ball clubs, keep in mind that this man is a free agent! John Van Benschoten's career ERA is a whopping 9.20 with 90 innings pitched over three seasons. Adding to those numbers, he has walked 68 batters while only striking out 65 in a span of 19 starts! With numbers like those, how can you resist giving him a call?!
3 3. Michael Jordan
At his peak, Michael Jordan could do it all. A force on the court, a smile worth a million bucks, a film with the Looney Tunes and a multibillion-dollar company would skyrocket his fame to make him a household name. Jordan couldn't do much wrong - except play baseball. During his short-lived retirement from the NBA in 1993, Michael Jordan decided to give America's pastime a go.
2 2. Bill Bergen
1 1. Mario Mendoza
Not many players are immortalized in their sport by having their name turned into a definition for playing poorly. "The Mendoza Line" is an expression used in baseball to define players who are struggling at bat, usually those who find themselves sitting around a .200 batting average. Mario Mendoza had a less-than-stellar career during his time in the MLB, and this expression should be enough proof for any naysayers. Although Mendoza would finish his career with a .215 average, his name would forever echo mediocrity among ballplayers across the league.
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