There have been exceptional shortstop moments before, like the American League of the late 1940s, when shortstops like Lou Boudreau and Vern Stephens muscled up and outhit their peers at other positions.
Ralph Branca was a fine pitcher who threw the pitch that became "The Shot Heard 'Round The World." What defined his life was what came after all that.
Bob Shawkey was one of the Yankees' first great aces during the team's golden age, and, for one year, a manager. He never quite forgave the team for the last part.
In 1969, legendary Baltimore Orioles manager Earl Weaver wasn't yet a legend. He was just a guy managing in his first World Series. He got ejected, of course.
A great many things had to go right—and some spectacular obstacles had to be overcome—for Ken Griffey Sr. to wind up in the same lineup as his son. But it happened.
On one man's struggle to stay in the big leagues.
A Red Sox legend pitches in front of his father for the first time in 14 years.
Before the home run that gave him his nickname, Bucky Dent was just another shortstop.
On Bill Wambsganss and finding your place on the field.
It's difficult to describe the history of the Philadelphia Phillies, but let me give it a try: For a long, long time, they were very, very bad.
The Reds' longtime second baseman puts in a day's work.
Sure, he relied on cheating and deception to get the job done, but Gaylord Perry had one of the most amazing careers of all time.