Wulf, Steve
October 1992
Sports Illustrated;10/22/92, Vol. 77 Issue 17, p26
You remember. You toss your friend the bat, and after he grabs it, you put your hand above his hand. I'll have to be ruthless, though my alltime baseball Dream Team will not be. Playing rightfiled, the Bambino, George Herman Ruth. Yes, Hank Aaron leads all history in homers, but when was the last time you heard someone describe a clout as Aaronian? My next choice is Lou Gehrig at first base. Easy. I now motion for Ty Cobb to play left and bat leadoff (his .367 career batting average is the best ever). True, the Georgia Peach played most of his career in center, but I've got to start him in left because my center-fielder is Willie Mays. In assorted say-hey seasons, Mays hit as high as .345, hit as many as 52 homers, drove in as many as 141 runs and stole as many as 40 bases. He also made the greatest catch ever. (If you have to ask, you shouldn't even be reading this.) Mays was so good, I don't feel guilty about snubbing the Yankees' Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle. Well, maybe a little guilty. As for the pitchers, I'll choose one righty, one lefty and one reliever. Was Christy Mathewson (373 wins) a big-game pitcher? My lefthander, Warren Spahn, didn't win his first game until he was 25, but he won 363 before retiring and pitched no-hitters when he was 39 and 40. My stopper out of the bullpen is Dennis Eckersley; nobody's done it better. The genius of my chosen manager, Casey Stengel, is summed up in his spring training address to the 1953 New York Yankees: "If we're going to win the pennant, we've got to start thinking we're not as good as we think we are."


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