Baseball is a game that is said to have started around 1845. The game has grown by leaps and bounds to be one of the most watched American sports. The game is associated with hard hits on the ball, putting a tough defensive wall, massive runs, and thrilling end of seeing a score counted. The game has won the hearts of many fans besides the American fan base and the chills associated with this game are not to be disregarded. However, there is one esteemed fact about the game; the memorable players in the history of baseball that have made a mark in people hearts and minds. In this article, you will learn some of the top baseball players who made history in the course of their career.
William Roger Clemens
Born in Ohio on August 4th 1962, Roger Clemens popularly known as ‘Rocket’ is arguably the best pitcher of all time. This star career lasted 24 years, a period which saw him amassed a collection of awards for this team and him. For seven years, Clemens was awarded the best pitcher of the year at the Cy Young Awards. This awarded factored in both the American League and National League. During his tenure as a pitcher, he came third in ranking as the player with the highest strikeouts of 4672. He reached the hallmark of his career in 1986 when he was crowned as most valuable player for the league, an award which is rarely awarded to pitchers. During that season, Clemens won for Boston Red Sox 238 strikeouts and a 2.48 earned run per average resulting to a 24-4 record. In what seemed to be shining star in the baseball space, Clemens career came crumbling in 2007 when he was indicated of steroid use. Whether the claims are true or not, Clemens will remain a legend that baseball fans will remember for years.
Walter Perry Johnson
His name might not have been mentioned in the recent past, but Walter will remain to be a legend in the baseball history for many years to come. Walter Perry Johnson famously known as ‘Barney’ or ‘The Big Train’ was a pitcher who played his entire professional career for Washington Senators. This star record of 110 shutouts is nowhere to be broken anytime soon despite his death in December 1946. Walter career lasted for 21 years a period which he topped the league 12 times. One particular period was on 1913 when he recorded a 1.14 earned run per average which saw his team win 36 games and a receive the Chalmers Award, a title similar to the current MVP award. His record of 3,509 strikeouts took 56 years to be broken, proving that indeed Walter was a pro player.
Denton True Young
Ask any die-hard baseball fan about the icons of baseball and hardly will you miss the mention of Denton True Young. Fans called him Cy Young. Denton was born in Ohio in 1867 and gained interest in baseball at an early age, grade six. He began his professional assignment in 1890 with Canton where he played for half a year before being scouted to play for Cleveland Spiders. His stature of 6.2 feet and 95 kgs was fit enough for baseball. He was in fact nicknamed Cyclone while playing Canton which was shortened to Cy. During his prime years he switched teams like St. Louis Perfectos, Boston Americans the present Red Sox, Cleveland Indians, and Boston Braves. His record during his 22-years career was 7356 innings pitched, 815 games started, and 20 games win for 15 seasons during his 22-years career. This baseball star is remembered every year as there is an award ceremony dubbed Cy Young Award which was started in 1956 to crown best pitchers for the major league.
Barry Lamar Bonds
So much of Barry Lamar Bonds success is attributed to steroid usage. However, even the drugs accusation, this star was a force to reckon with in baseball hall of fame. Born in 1964, this star played as a hitter for 22 seasons for two clubs; San Francisco Giants and Pittsburgh Pirates. When it comes to awards and achievement, Barry has won many of them and has set monumental achievements in baseball. Barry recorded 2558 career walks, 762 home runs including the iconic 73 home runs in 1973, seven MVP awards, and 8 gold gloves for this defensive skill.
Some called him ‘The Bambino’ and other preferred to call him ‘The Sultan of Swat.’ Don’t be caught in the fuss of names to think that Babe Ruth struggling player or some wannabe baseball player because as per Joe Dugan, his teammate, “To understand him you had to understand this: He wasn’t human.” Babe began his professional assignment in 1914 playing for Boston Red Sox where he doubled the home runs in a season from 27 to 59 over 7 years. Besides being a hitter, Babe was a pitcher during his early career times and he recorded a 1.75 earned run per average. His style of play, his prodigious power hitter, and off the field charisma catapulted the game of baseball to the fame that it receives at the moment in the US. Babe Ruth wasn’t only a great player but a ruthless hitter.