We have looked at who would be on the basketball Mount Rushmore after Lebron’s comments, now lets see who would be on the other three major sports Mount Rushmore. In this article, I will give you my MLB Mount Rushmore.
As in the NBA Mount Rushmore article, these people aren’t the best players or GM’s in Baseball history, but what they did changed the game more than anyone else.
Number 1- Jackie Robinson
Get the obvious one out of the way. The only player to have his number retired by every team, it is for good reason. Robinson broke the color barrier back in the 50’s opening the game for some of the greats in baseball
history, like Hank Aaron and Willie Mays. He was a hall of fame player himself. While he may not be as great as Mays and Aaron, he was still a very skilled player. A great base runner, with a good eye and swing, he was a perfect leadoff man.
He put up with a lot of racism throughout his career, but managed to keep a cool head for the most part.
Jackie Robinson opened up the game for an entire group of people, and his actions eventually paved the way for Roberto Clemente to be the first latino to play in the MLB. He not only changed baseball, but helped push the civil rights movement forward.His mark on baseball is undeniable, as is his mark on America as a whole.
Number 2- Babe Ruth
The Sultan of Swat, the Great Bambino, otherwise known as the only player in sports with more nicknames than Shaq. Babe Ruth is arguably the best player ever, but there is no argument about his impact on the game. Babe Ruth made home runs a commodity. Before him, every player was trying to put the ball in play, and trying to play small ball. No one swung from their hips, or tried to put the ball in the seats. When Ruth switched from a pitcher
to a hitter though, he starting crushing the balls. After that, more and more players were emulating his swing. Home runs went mainstream, and baseball flourished because of it. Ruth revolutionized the game to be a more exciting game rather than a technical one.
Not to mention he is still one of only a few in an elite class of hitters with 600 home runs. he could hit, he could pitch, he could do it all, and he did it all well. He has left a lasting legacy on baseball. He retired from baseball in 1935, and still most current fans know he he is. There are few players in sports with that kind of lasting power. As a bonus, he managed to put a curse on the Red Sox that kept them from winning a World Series for 86 years.
Number 3- Willie Mays
Mays is probably the best all-around player in MLB history. He was also the most fun player to watch. He really paved the way for a more fluid game. Befor him no one in the MLB was ever flashy, no one ever showed off the way he did. Mays used to have his cap specifically fitted to blow off his
head while he was tracking down a fly ball. He would famously make basket catches. he livened the game up and got rid of the stuffy unwritten rule book of the MLB, well at least part of it. He made the game fun to watch. More players like him followed, who liked to show off and be flashy in the field, at the plate, and on the bases, but he was the original.
He could do everything, hit for power, over 600 home runs, steal bases, play defense, get on base. He may have not changed the game quite as much as the other three on this list, but like said above, he made it a whole lot more fun to watch.
Number 4- Branch Rickey
Rickey broke two color barriers in the MLB. He was the General Manager of the Dodgers when they picked up jackie Robinson, it was Rickey’s decision to do so. After that, he also signed the first latino player, Roberto Clemente, while he was the GM of the Pirates. Some will make the argument it wasn’t because of a sense of civic duty on Rickey’s part, but who cares, he still
pushed for both signings. no matter what his reason was, he still pushed for those changes. It is still because of him those changes went through. he stood behind Jackie, even when other players on the Dodgers demanded he was taken off the team, and even when he received death threats. Seems like a lot for a man to go through if he is only doing it to make his team better.
Rickey was also the brains behind saving the minor leagues. He invented the idea of a farm system, where teams can put young players to let their skills mature before they reach the majors. before Rickey, the minors were dying and no one really cared much about them. Rickey was one of the first people to promote the widespread use of helmets in baseball as well. Rickeys actions as a general manager shaped baseball in so many ways, breaking color barriers, creating systems we still use today. He has earned his place on the baseball Mount Rushmore.
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