I was a huge Hank Aaron fan,couldn’t wait for it to get dark where I could pick up 750 AM out of Atlanta and i would Listen to every game and was really excited when the Braves made on the game of the week with Curt Gowdy and Tony Kubek.good ole days!
Mine were Sammy Sosa and Derek Jeter. My mom has a video of me doing the Sosa home run hop after I hit a ball into the outfield when I was in t-ball. When I got older, I played shortstop, and Jeter was my guy. I loved his hustle and how he leapt into the air when throwing to first on a double-play ball. I took his batting stance, too.
Brooks Robinson and most anyone that played on that Orioles team. 4 twenty game winners and earl weaver as manager
Anyone in a St. Louis Cardinals uniform. I listened every night to the Cardinals. I fancied myself as a shortstop. So I wanted to wear No. 21, Dal Maxvill’s number. It was early on in my baseball days that I realized that I did not have the arm to play shortstop. And that made me appreciate Maxvill even more. One thing my dad used to tell me, “You may not can throw like Maxvill, but you can hit better than him.” I didn’t understand for a bit he was telling me that because Maxvill was not much of a hitter. In fact, my dad said they should bat Bob Gibson ahead of Maxvill.
Minnie Minoso in grade school and Jr high. Nellie Fox in High School. Showing my age.
Roger Maris was a close second!
I’m an old fart!
I wish I had one of their rookie cards now. Instead of using them on my bicycle spokes! If I had only known!
Brooks Robinson/Boog Powell
Bob Gibson/Lou Brock
Youda, mine was Hank Aaron, also. Looking back, I have no idea why a kid from Small Town, Arkansas, in the 1960’s would pick the Milwaukee Braves as his team, and Hank Aaron as his hero. Just to be different, I guess.
Johnny Sain lived down the street from us, and my older siblings were the same age as his kids. We had several signed Mantle/Maris baseballs and baseball cards, also had some from when he was with the Twins, Killebrew/etc. Needless to say, I ran a few through my bicycle spokes and used the baseballs for playing catch. We did manage to keep a few away from me, and in the collection, lol.
Yogi Berra was my idol. All I wanted to do was catch. Loved putting on the tools of the trade. Loved it.
One of my favorite books is Driving Mr. Yogi by Ron Guidry. A great baseball book!
George Brett and Dan Quisenberry
I grew up listening to the Royals with my dad. I sure miss that
I’m not sure how I got to liking Hank but he was the most consistent baseball player who’s ever lived and was taken for granted and never has gotten the respect he deserved because of that. He never hit more than 47 home runs but you could count on 35 or 40 every year and less than a 100 strikeouts he was an absolute phenomenon. Got bless to meet him 2 times through my connections with the Braves, very humble and modest man
Your dad was right! Gibby was good at whatever he did.
And I didn’t have a boyhood hero, but my girlhood baseball hero was Bob Gibson. He was an amazing athlete and more than just a great pitcher.
Maybe it should have been stated as “childhood baseball hero” just saying!
me too on Brooksie. Sorta a member of the family.
I loved watching Cal Ripken and Darryl Strawberry. Of course, watching Dwight Gooden pitch in the mid-to-late 90s was like watching a god among mortals.
That’s true LOL
you are so right! sorry all my great Female Baseball fans
66 years old. Two favorites of all time: Willie Mays or as I called him the say hey kid.
Later years Jeff Bagwell.