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PW, thanks for the support. All responses are welcome, though. I'm just glad there have been responses, period.
Pele is a good addition, as is Wayne Gretzky.
I don't know that many of the others listed would qualify under the "transcended their sport" requirement. I mean, if we were to be escorting a Martian around the globe and we arrived at the "Athletics" monument that could only feature a very very very select group of all-time athletes, my short list has only 8 names.
I'll add two more to the mountain.
So, my list is now:
Ruth, Robinson, Woods, Ali, Jordan, Pele, Gretzky and Secretariat.
Guess I need two mountains.
Avatar: FuPeg, acting like...well, FuPeg
I like the number Houstonians in your list.
Very good NTamm ... That's where I grew up ... Hence some of my chilhood/adulthood heroes!!
In fact its where I'm stuck back now for another 2 months ... UGH!!!!
Before returning back to my TRUE home in SoCal ... Can't wait to be back home and roaming the tracks again!
Home is where the heart is and it's sure not in Houston ... (Except for my non-equine sports heroes).
Good catch though ... I was wondering if someone would notice.
I was going to put Terry Puhl for baseball ... But I figured that would be quite a stretch ... (Although at least for a while there ... He held the highest lifetime fielding percentage of any right fielder in major league history. Not sure if he still does now. .283 hitter too. But just singles and doubles really. Good base stealer) ... But I left him off of my "personal" Mount Rushmore ...
It just wasn't quite enough to supplant the "Flying Dutchman" ...
Oh ... And for the record ... Pastorini was a man's man. Used to womanize all of the time ... Kick reporters butts ... and get his ribs broken and stay in the game and keep getting pounded. In his heyday could throw the ball 70 yards on the fly. Also was the guy they invented the flackjacket for that all quarterbacks wear these days to protect the ribs ... because he was playing with his broken all of the time... Very tough guy ... Loved him ... Once he went to the Raiders he was done. But mid 70s to 1980 Oiler days ... He was the man!
Ahhhhh ,,, But I like Roger Metzger better at shortstop than Thon ...
Although ... I have to admit ... before the beaning Thon had the bat ... But Metzger had the glove and a missing finger ... Hard to top that!!
Even though I am a lifelong fan of Vince's team, Cesar Cedeno was one of my favourite players in the late 70's..also how could you not like those Bowl of Trix uniforms?
The 1980 1 game playoff was a tough pill to swallow, but we got ya back in '81..
Yeah ... Cesar was definitely the man in his prime ... Jose Cruz was the icon of the team though ... Bob Watson was pretty tough too!
But the crowds loved Jose Cruuuuuuuz the most!!
I liked Puhl because he had such a beautiful swing and he was smooth and a rare white guy who was fast and could steal bases. He was pretty much techinically perfect. Just had no power.
I guess Puhl reminded me of me back in my baseball/softball days.
We've gotta love who reminds us of us huh?
And yes ... At the time I wasn't crazy about the uniforms ... But today I'd love to see them back ...
The best darn Astro I've EVER seen though ... BAR NONE was J. R. Richard ... Dude was incredible.
Sure fire Hall of Famer if not for the stroke.
Bill Russell got sick EVERY time he pitched ... the Dodgers hated faced him ... But then again ... Didn't everybody???
Threw 100 MPH and just wild enough to make you terrified of digging in ...
Brought down at the age of 30 after two 300 strike out years in a row ... Leading the league in ERA at 1.84 with a 10 and 4 record when he had the stroke.
NO doubt in my mind he'd have been one of the greatest ever.
Just ask any Dodger from those great 70s teams ... Guaranteed they would glow over his abilities.
Yeah. I went to tons of Astro games back in those days and by FAR J.R. Was much more impressive than Ryan was. Maybe in his Angel days there would have been a comparison. But as an Astro it was night and day. Richard was FAR better!
You're right though. I think I remember that J.R. Particularly hated the Dodgers and you didn't want to be on his bad list. You guys were! I seem to remember all Astro/Dodger games with J.R. Being 1 to 0 or 2 to 1 games. He wasnt giving up much to you guys and yep. He scared the s h I t out of you guys! Being a Dodger hater I loved it. Got a kick out of how he scared you!
He would have scared me too though!
But hey. We hated you guys cause you were good. And you guys hated him cause he was great! Most feared pitcher in the league his last 2 or 3 years.
One of the big "what ifs" in baseball history. What a shame what happened to him. Because he would have accomplished so many truly great things.
At one point we would have had a staff of Richard, Ryan and Mike Scott in his prime. Can you imagine?
And yeah. I liked Walling. Master pinch hitter. Very clutch guy with the game on the line. Cool looking too. Not your standard looking player. Always liked him. Good utility guy too. 3rd. 1st. Or Left Field.
Joel. I have to say I'm impressed with you Astro/Dodger rivalry knowledge. Very fun to hear from the other side of the tracks on that great rivalry from back in those days!
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