When I was a kid, I used to spend the night at my friend Danny’s house. We would stay up late talking baseball. Born and raised in the San Fernando Valley, it was all Dodgers all the time. We used to play a game called, How many current Major Leaguers will be elected to the Hall of Fame someday?
Not to date us, but in our day, it was Garvey, Lopes, Russell and Cey. It was Hank Aaron, Johnny Bench, Tom Seaver, Nolan Ryan, Steve Carlton, George Brett, Mike Schmidt and, yes, Reggie Jackson (get your rear end out of the way of Bill Russell’s double play attempt!). It seemed a lot easier to pick future Hall of Famers back then. Only the stars hit 40 home runs or won 20 games. It took a couple of tries, but I was actually at Don Sutton’s 300th career win.