New York is known for all things big: the Empire State Building, Donald Trump’s ego, Babe Ruth’s stomach. But the Gotham baseball scene has witnessed its fair share of quality little guys. They’re not Oompa-Loompas or Munchkins (and no, they’re not made of wood, as my daughter once thought of the little people in the Wizard of Oz), but they are under six-feet tall. They may be short in stature, but they played their way into our hearts.
See how many of these little guys you can name. The answers will be posted tomorrow.
1. He played shortstop and second base for the Yankees in the early 1990s before he was traded to Houston for Xavier Hernandez.
2. His major league career ended when he was body slammed by Pirates catcher Ed Ott.
3. This Yankee shortstop co-starred in made-for-TV movie The Dallas Cowboys Cheerleaders.
4. This little guy played 13 seasons for the Mets, but hit only one career home run at Shea Stadium.
5. This 5′ 6″ outfielder played most of his career with the White Sox, but spent his last two seasons with the Yanks. He’s mostly known for having a nickname involving his neck.
6. He scored the winning run for the Mets on a wild pitch in the last game of the 1999 season to set up the one-game playoff against the Reds.
7. The Yankees traded Bobby Bonds for this outfielder.
8. This former little Met was named the Sporting News Minor League Manager of the Year in 2004.
9. The Mets traded Jesse Orosco for this pint-sized fellow in 2000.
10. This former Yankee played himself in One in a Million: The Ron Leflore Story.