The Mount Rushmore of Baseball
George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt and Abraham Lincoln. These four men changed United States history in their own ways.
Baseball has been around for a long time. I was thinking to myself, if baseball were to make a Mount Rushmore for the four greatest and most influential players, who would be on it?
This list was extremely hard to come up with, as there are no right or wrong answers, and so many baseball players could have been included.
Babe Ruth redefined the offense in baseball. The home run record before Babe Ruth came around was 27. Babe Ruth broke the record with 29 taters in 1919. A year later, he hit a whopping 54.
Ruth is one of the most recognizable and well-known players ever, and his achievements have stood the test of time. It should also be noted that while he is the greatest hitter of all time, Babe Ruth was also a fantastic pitcher, which just goes to show what an amazing baseball player Ruth was.
What Jackie did for the game is undeniable. While he was still a great ball player, Jackie is best known for breaking the color barrier in baseball, allowing African-Americans the chance to join Major League Baseball. Jackie Robinson's number (42) is the the only number to be retired by all 30 MLB teams.
Cy Young is the lone pitcher on this list. While he may not be considered the greatest pitcher of all time (depending on how you look at it), Young is the most famous. He holds the record for the most career wins by a pitcher (511), as well as many other records. His name is now known as the award for the best pitcher of the year.
Hank Aaron is baseballs true career home run king. Aaron was the only player on this list to have played in the modern era, from 1954 to 1976. Most known for his 755 home runs, Aaron also owns the record for the most RBI in a career, with 2,297.