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soxstarter
04-14-2007, 06:09 PM
I just saw a great bio feature on Jackie Robinson that was phenomenal.

So I am wondering....who are your baseball heros? Is there one player that stands out with you?

Scottiehaswheels
04-14-2007, 06:14 PM
Well when I was a kid my hero was Hal Morris because we grew up in the same town.

whitesoxwilkes
04-14-2007, 06:18 PM
Don Mattingly.

TornLabrum
04-14-2007, 06:26 PM
When I was a kid, my heroes were Nellie Fox and (until they traded him) Minnie Minoso.

FedEx227
04-14-2007, 06:26 PM
Frank Thomas (grew up watching him) and from videos, books and stories from my dad Nellie Fox and Luis Aparicio, they are the reason that throughout my baseball and basketball careers I never wore any numbers besides 2 and 11.

VivaOzzie
04-14-2007, 07:19 PM
Well when I was a kid my hero was Hal Morris because we grew up in the same town.

When I was growing up in Lynwood, Hal Morris' dad was my doctor. Hal wasn't my hero, but I always wanted him to do well.

Ozzie Guillen was/is my hero. He signed a couple baseballs for me and my brother down in Sarasota in like '91, in an absolute pouring rain. He was the only one to stop his car and sign for us.

getonbckthr
04-14-2007, 07:29 PM
Harold Baines, even had the leg-kick.

BiggestFan14
04-14-2007, 07:30 PM
Ken Griffey Jr. and Frank Thomas for me.

ILuvThatDuck
04-14-2007, 07:33 PM
Wilbur Wood.

Railsplitter
04-14-2007, 08:01 PM
Pete Gray and Lou Brissie, the two most succesful amputees in baseball.

RKMeibalane
04-14-2007, 08:03 PM
Don Mattingly.

Ditto, along with Will Clark.

TDog
04-14-2007, 08:37 PM
The answer has a lot to do with timing.

Carlos May was an exciting ballplayer who overcame adversity while I was coming of age as a baseball fan. I have always taken uniform number 17 to honor him and to inspire me to try to play better so I wouldn't embarrass it.

Harold Baines is a classy man and a great hitter who would have been my hero if I came of age as he was coming up with the Sox.

Fenway
04-14-2007, 08:52 PM
Ted Williams :smile:

SoXPriDe33
04-14-2007, 09:04 PM
Ken Griffey Jr. and Frank Thomas for me.

Same with me. I would use the Griffey Jr. stance sometimes during games if I was having a good game and got cocky.

Daver
04-14-2007, 09:07 PM
Thurman Munson.

When I was a kid the Yankees almost always played the Game of the Week on national TV, and he was the catcher I saw play the most.

Paulwny
04-14-2007, 09:11 PM
Fox
Aparicio
Baines

Grzegorz
04-14-2007, 09:24 PM
If I had to pick one player it would be Carl Yastrzemski.

FedEx227
04-14-2007, 09:28 PM
If I had to pick one player it would be Carl Yastrzemski.

:hawk
Good choice, kid!

Brian26
04-14-2007, 09:58 PM
Robin Ventura and Carlton Fisk

ondafarm
04-14-2007, 10:10 PM
Nellie Fox (inherited from my mother), Carlton Fisk and Frank Thomas.

jlim
04-14-2007, 10:22 PM
Robin Ventura, it was a sad day when he signed with the Mets.

Thome25
04-14-2007, 10:41 PM
Robin Ventura, Frank Thomas, and Jim Thome. Ventura has been mentioned a few times on here already.

Greatest 3B in the history of the White Sox should have his #23 retired IMO.

monkeypants
04-14-2007, 11:04 PM
Pete Rose
Kirby Puckett
Harold Baines

Too bad that 2 out of 3 turned out to be douchebags off the field. But what do kids know? I just knew that these guys loved baseball and played their hearts out.

Dibbs
04-14-2007, 11:27 PM
Big Frank. Hands down.

FarWestChicago
04-15-2007, 12:13 AM
Henry Aaron.

KRS1
04-15-2007, 12:24 AM
Cal Ripken Jr.

JermaineDye05
04-15-2007, 12:28 AM
Cal Ripken Jr.

ditto, I started watching baseball when I was in Virginia and I loved watching Ripken play.

MeteorsSox4367
04-15-2007, 12:53 AM
Sox: Bill Melton, Greg Walker.

Non-Sox: George Brett, Cal Ripken, Roberto Clemente, Bill Mazeroski.

slobes
04-15-2007, 12:59 AM
Robin Ventura for me as well. Though I'm too young to have remembered more than a season or two of his on the White Sox, my sister had really admired him and so that was passed on to me as well. Still did everything I could to follow his play up until his retirement.

MrRoboto83
04-15-2007, 01:01 AM
As a kid I had a poster of Will Clark hanging in my bedroom.

MeteorsSox4367
04-15-2007, 01:08 AM
Good call with Will Clark. What a smooth-swinging lefty, plus I'll always remember what he did in the 1989 NLCS against the Cubs. That just made me like him even more.

Nellie_Fox
04-15-2007, 01:48 AM
Nellie (obviously)
Looie
Minnie

ilsox7
04-15-2007, 04:42 AM
The Mick. I still think he is the best player ever to play the game.

hose
04-15-2007, 07:40 AM
Little Louie
Bart Johnson

lumpyspun
04-15-2007, 10:11 AM
Harold Baines.

goldglovesox
04-15-2007, 11:46 AM
Harold Baines....I was born in 82 so I grew up thinking he was the best player in the history of the game. Before I knew about Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, Ted Williams, I knew about Harold Baines. The epitomy of class and the example of what all athletes should be. I cried when I was 7 years old and he was traded and one of the best days of my life was when we traded for him in 2000 when I was 18 and I got to meet him....Harold Baines.

WhiteSoxJunkie
04-15-2007, 11:54 AM
Frank Thomas then Mark McGwire (ugh...if only I realized when I was 10 years old in 98 what a tool he was).

Deebs14
04-15-2007, 11:58 AM
Without a doubt it's Big Frank. Back when I used to ball cats on the diamond, I used to always rock the 35 and whenever we'd **** around during BP or something I'd drop bombs with his stance and swing...which I was pretty damn good at if I may say so myself. :cool:

I also had quite a few jerseys of his, as well as other memorabilia...signed stuff as well. :Rocker:

TDog
04-15-2007, 02:56 PM
Harold Baines....I was born in 82 so I grew up thinking he was the best player in the history of the game. Before I knew about Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, Ted Williams, I knew about Harold Baines. The epitomy of class and the example of what all athletes should be. I cried when I was 7 years old and he was traded and one of the best days of my life was when we traded for him in 2000 when I was 18 and I got to meet him....Harold Baines.

You probably have to meet him to appreciate why people use the word "class" to describe Harold Baines.

DrGozzie
04-15-2007, 05:03 PM
When I was in 6th grade I read a book about Lou Gehrig and absolutely fell in love with him. Of course I never saw him play, but I loved the man I read about in the book. I also saw a special recently about Cal Ripken Jr., and I just loved him too.

thegooch
04-15-2007, 05:12 PM
Don Mattingly.

Donny Baseball was my favorite too.

Chrisaway
04-15-2007, 05:24 PM
Frank Thomas, Carlton Fisk, and Nolan Ryan

Bucky F. Dent
04-15-2007, 07:46 PM
Bucky, Pudge, Robin, and away from the Sox Nettles, Whittaker, and Trammel.

whitem0nkey
04-15-2007, 08:02 PM
not off the field but on the field i want to give some props Josh Gibson.

970 carrer homers.

69 home runs in 1934 and batting .467 with 55 home runs in 137 games in 1933

lifetime batting average is said to be higher than .350, with other sources putting it as high as .384.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Josh_Gibson

viagracat
04-16-2007, 11:53 AM
Being a child of the Sixties:

Roberto Clemente, Hank Aaron, Ernie Banks and for some reason, Harmon Killebrew. Always thought the "Killer" was classy.

On the White Sox, I admired Hoyt Wilhelm a lot.

Rocky Soprano
04-16-2007, 11:56 AM
Ken Griffey Jr. and Frank Thomas for me.

Same here!

Mr.1Dog
04-16-2007, 12:11 PM
Frank Thomas for me. I tried to imitate his swing/stance everytime I went to the plate. I also wanted his hi-top cleats as a kid but my parents told me no because they were unnecessarily expensive and I would grow out of them quickly.

soxfan13
04-16-2007, 12:19 PM
Jim Abbott! For someone to play with that sort of disability and succeed at the professional level is IMO a true definition of a hero.

Nellie_Fox
04-16-2007, 01:52 PM
Back when I used to ball cats on the diamond...:?::?::?::?:

stacksedwards
04-16-2007, 02:22 PM
Big Frank, Ozzie Guillen.
Frank because he was the man
Ozzie because he threw me a ball when I was 10 the first year of New Comiskey.

jamokes
04-16-2007, 04:42 PM
Jim Kaat.

Class act and luckily I got to know him when he lived in Tinley Park and played with the Sox.

Fuller_Schettman
04-16-2007, 05:06 PM
No one has given more of himself to the game of baseball than the highly misunderstood Pete Rose (except maybe Ty Cobb). So he would be my non-Sox pick.

Overall though, gotta go with #72...

TomBradley72
04-16-2007, 05:59 PM
Roberto Clemente.

Both for his play on the field (the whirl and throw from right field stands out) and for the kind of man he was.

Gavin
04-16-2007, 06:56 PM
http://www.sportspickle.com/features/volume2/2003-0716-cleveland.jpg

In all honesty, though, I don't lionize professional athletes.

Frontman
04-16-2007, 07:28 PM
I wasn't a big baseball playing kid (doesn't help when you completely suck at it) but I always liked Pudge, and Ozzie. Both of them because they were gamers/grinders/whatever you'd like to call it. Away from the Sox, I'd have to say George Brett, Mike Schimdt.

As an adult, I have to say now understanding what Jackie Robinson did, and how he handled it, he's a true hero in the sense of the word. For current Sox players I totally admire and respect, Mark, Paulie, and Big Jim. Mark for waving to my son, Paulie for his actions and words post WS, and Big Jim for just being a big likeable lummox of a man. If I ever get the chance, I want my son to meet Jim Thome. My son's name is Tony, and all last season, Jim Thome was Jim TONY when my son watched the games with me.

And honestly, Ed Farmer for letting me hold his World Series Ring and talking Sox for about 20 minutes last August with a lot of us at work.


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thomas35forever
04-16-2007, 07:31 PM
It'll always be Frank Thomas. He was the big thing in town when I started following baseball. Then a certain cheater up north emerged and stole all his thunder.

ode to veeck
04-16-2007, 08:23 PM
too young to remember Nellie, but certainly

Minnie
Clemente
Yaz
Ernie Banks
Bob Gibson
Chet Lemon
Pudge Fisk

to name but a few ...

LauraJ14
04-17-2007, 09:46 AM
George Brett
Carlton Fisk
Jack McDowell
Robin Ventura

Uncle_Patrick
04-17-2007, 09:51 AM
Carlton Fisk was my hero as a kid. I even tried to be a catcher in little league and then tried to move to first base when the Sox moved Fisk to first. He still means more to me than any other baseball player and I was heartbroken when I heard that he was going to go into the HOF with a Red Sox hat instead of a White Sox had, no matter what the rationalization was.

soxinem1
04-19-2007, 06:04 PM
I have several, but Britt Burns stood out the most. Having to battle chronic hip issues all of his life (and having pins inserted to slow them from growing) and still becoming a flamethrowing over-the-top major league LHP.

Kittle's story of being picked off the scrap heap (litterally, he was working in the steel mills when the Sox gave him a minor league contract) was pretty inspirational.

Baines, Frank, Fisk, and a few others rank up there too.

Law11
04-20-2007, 09:25 AM
My screen name says it all. Rudy was my guy. I was blessed with crazy speed and always played CF from the youngest of ages through HS ball.
Wore his number 11 since forever. Got to meet him in H.S. and studied him on the bases and in the field and became a hell of an OF by my FR yr of HS.

Before him it was Chet Lemon.. Same reasoning CF.. I loved his diving attempts and would try to play with the same reckless abandon in the OF
as i was learning to play the game.

If there was one other guy I liked it was freddie patek.
I played an ocsassional 3base and used to try to mimick his one handed dive throw the ball to first motion..

Memories..

DarkHorse35
04-20-2007, 09:38 AM
Herbert Perry all the way:cool:

salty99
04-20-2007, 09:40 AM
Big Frank and Donnie Baseball

jenn2080
04-20-2007, 10:12 AM
Robin Ventura for sure.

Zisk77
04-20-2007, 10:22 AM
Roberto Clemente, Richie Zisk, Harold Baines, Nomar Garciaparra, Frank Thomas, BlackJack

russ99
04-20-2007, 10:42 AM
Sox: Bill Melton, Richie Zisk, Carlton Fisk, Big Hurt

Others: Joe Torre (as a player) Nolan Ryan, Joe Morgan, Bill Doran, Biggio/Bagwell

gobears1987
04-20-2007, 10:52 AM
Frank

Boondock Saint
04-20-2007, 11:21 AM
Robin Ventura and Joey Cora. Being born and raised a Cub fan, they were the first 2 Sox players that I latched on to.

skottyj242
04-20-2007, 11:32 AM
Ross Gload.

pdimas
04-20-2007, 12:04 PM
Harold Baines.

It was for two reasons. Number one he was my dad's favorite player and number two my dad would take me to his semipro games all of the time and I guess Harold just reminded me of my dad.

HomeFish
04-20-2007, 12:11 PM
Shingo Takatsu.

No, seriously. Here's a guy who's 38, playing in the Japanese leagues, throwing 50 - 80 mph. By all means, he should be thinking about retirement. Instead, he thinks "No, I'm going to go play in America."

And, guess what: he comes over here and has an amazing year. Gets tons of saves, pitches a "hidden perfect game". Strikes out guys in an emasculating manner; Justin Morneau gets called out on a 50mph pitch, Todd Hollandsworth swings at the frisbee and falls over. Becomes a phenomenon; I didn't see a crowd get up on its feet and cheer like they did when that gong went off until the 2005 playoffs.

One of my favorite moments from that season was when I was walking down the ramp after a Shingo save, and I saw this little kid, perhaps 7 or 8 years old, with a #10 Takatsu "jersey" that he made himself using an undershirt and a marker. Here was this guy who came over from Japan and became a hero to this little American boy. It made me realize just how beautiful of a game baseball truly is.

FarWestChicago
04-21-2007, 07:07 AM
Shingo Takatsu.

No, seriously. Here's a guy who's 38, playing in the Japanese leagues, throwing 50 - 80 mph. By all means, he should be thinking about retirement. Instead, he thinks "No, I'm going to go play in America."

And, guess what: he comes over here and has an amazing year. Gets tons of saves, pitches a "hidden perfect game". Strikes out guys in an emasculating manner; Justin Morneau gets called out on a 50mph pitch, Todd Hollandsworth swings at the frisbee and falls over. Becomes a phenomenon; I didn't see a crowd get up on its feet and cheer like they did when that gong went off until the 2005 playoffs.

One of my favorite moments from that season was when I was walking down the ramp after a Shingo save, and I saw this little kid, perhaps 7 or 8 years old, with a #10 Takatsu "jersey" that he made himself using an undershirt and a marker. Here was this guy who came over from Japan and became a hero to this little American boy. It made me realize just how beautiful of a game baseball truly is.Crap, somebody hacked Homefish's account. I hate it when that happens; especially when the hacker is the better poster. :redneck

BRDSR
04-21-2007, 04:13 PM
Just in terms of baseball: Greg Maddux. He was in his prime when I was a pitcher in middle school and high school. I did okay for myself, but I was never an impressive physical specimen able to toss it at incredible speeds or anything. I tried to model my ability to his.

Taking everything into account: Ted Williams. Left baseball not once, but TWICE, to join the military and still finished his career with unbelievable numbers. Without a doubt in my mind the best left-handed hitter ever to play the game and I think an argument could be made for best all around hitter ever to play the game.

BRDSR
04-21-2007, 04:16 PM
Shingo Takatsu.

No, seriously. Here's a guy who's 38, playing in the Japanese leagues, throwing 50 - 80 mph. By all means, he should be thinking about retirement. Instead, he thinks "No, I'm going to go play in America."

And, guess what: he comes over here and has an amazing year. Gets tons of saves, pitches a "hidden perfect game". Strikes out guys in an emasculating manner; Justin Morneau gets called out on a 50mph pitch, Todd Hollandsworth swings at the frisbee and falls over. Becomes a phenomenon; I didn't see a crowd get up on its feet and cheer like they did when that gong went off until the 2005 playoffs.

One of my favorite moments from that season was when I was walking down the ramp after a Shingo save, and I saw this little kid, perhaps 7 or 8 years old, with a #10 Takatsu "jersey" that he made himself using an undershirt and a marker. Here was this guy who came over from Japan and became a hero to this little American boy. It made me realize just how beautiful of a game baseball truly is.

Hell of a post, HomeFish. I think Shingo's hidden perfect game is probably one of the most underappreciated accomplishments of this century, and certainly the most underappreciated accomplishment by a reliever.

Chips
04-21-2007, 04:21 PM
These fine gentlemen:


Jose Canseco
Ty Cobb
Steve Avery
Carlton Fisk
Greg Walker

Rowandws33
04-25-2007, 11:54 AM
Robin Ventura...no doubt

RockyMtnSoxFan
04-26-2007, 01:50 PM
Frank for sure. I didn't know much about baseball except my dad's ramblings about '59, until a friend gave me a Frank Thomas card. I started collecting more cards, but Frank was my all-time favorite.