The Diamond King recently posted his favorite card for his favorite player A to Z and challenged others to follow suit. I thought it seemed like a fun idea, so thought I would jump in. Along with each player is an actual card from my collection.
A - Grover Cleveland Alexander
Old Pete Alexander was a complex and troubled man, but a highly talented pitcher. He won 373 games and closed out game 7 of the 1926 World Series for the Cardinals at age 39. He was also a star pitcher for my Cubs for 9 seasons. Still need a Cub card of him.
Other favorite: Hank Aaron
B - Ernie Banks
Other favorites: Mordecai "Three Finger" Brown, Jim Banning, Jeff Bittiger, Kris Bryant, Chief Bender
C - Chris Coste
Other favorites: Tony Campana, Ty Cobb, Roberto Clemente
D - Dave Dravecky
E - Darin Erstad
F - Julio Franco
G - Mark Grace
Other favorites: Mudcat Grant, Tom Glavine, Dave Goltz
H - Rick Helling
Other favorites: Travis Hafner, Billy Hamilton (21st century player), Charlie Hough
I - Monte Irvin
Not many to choose from for this letter, but you really can't go wrong with this Hall of Famer. Plus, he was a Cub for a year!
J - Bo Jackson
Bo was a once in a generation talent.
Other favorites: Walter Johnson, Jay Johnstone
K - Sandy Koufax
Koufax had one of the best, if not THE best, 5 year stretch of any pitcher ever. Plus, he's a really interesting guy in my opinion.
Other favorites: Harmon Killebrew, Jim Kaat
L - Nap Lajoie
Other favorite: Kenny Lofton, Michael Lorenzen
M - Roger Maris
Other favorites: Gus Munch, Greg Maddux, Minnie Minoso, Jamie Moyer, Christy Mathewson, Darryl Motley, Biz Mackey
N - Phil Niekro
O - Buck O'Neil
P - Deacon Phillippe
Other favorite: Satchel Paige
Q - Dan Quisenberry
R - Old Hoss Radbourn
Other favorites: Nolan Ryan, Anthony Rizzo, Jackie Robinson
S - Ryne Sandberg
Ryno's my all-time favorite. A no brainer here.
Other favorites: Ron Santo
T - Jim Thorpe
Other favorite: Luis Tiant
U - Bob Unglaub
V - Omar Vizquel
W - Kerry Wood
Other favorites: Maury Wills, Rube Waddell
Y - Michael Young
Other favorite: Cy Young
Z - Ben Zobrist
Other favorite: Bill Zink
Thanks for reading!