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Who Would Be on Baseball's Mount Rushmore?

Baseball with Matt creates his Mount Rushmore of baseball players.

Hey baseball fans!

I am often asked who I believe are the greatest baseball players ever.  While I have blogged in the past on Baseball with Matt about who is on Baseball with Matt's Dream Team, today it is time to learn who would be on......baseball's Mount Rushmore! The way I evaluated who made the cut is based on the player's contributions to baseball and his similarities to the President that he represents. Hope you enjoy:

George Washington - Babe Ruth:
Washington was the first President of the United States and helped the nation gain independence from Great Britain. Ruth was the first real baseball star who everyone knew and helped baseball gain publicity throughout the country because of his exciting play.

Thomas Jefferson - Lou Gehrig:
Jefferson, overshadowed by Washington, was a great leader in his own quiet way. He was also one of the first Presidents of the United States and performed this task with great consistency. Gehrig, overshadowed by Ruth for most of his career, was the first captain of the Yankees and led the team with a quiet fist. Also, he performed the act of captain of the Yankees with great consistency, playing in 2,130 consecutive games, the all-time record for more than 60 years.

Theodore Roosevelt - Willie Mays:
Teddy was an all-around person in his skills and interests. He was also the youngest president in U.S. history. Willie was very good in MLB at a very young age. He was in baseball at the age of 20, won Rookie of the Year in 1951, won his first MVP Award at the age of 23, and made his famous World Series catch only three years into his career. Wille is also considered the best all-around player of all time.

Abraham Lincoln - Jackie Robinson:
Abe had a big impact on civil rights during the time of his presidency and brought the country together by ending the Civil War. Jackie broke the sports color barrier and, in simple words, integrated baseball forever.

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Pete Heinbaugh November 14, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Its hard to say that name in your head - Rick Vaughn - without hearing it in that gruff, gravely voice of Lou the manager.
Baseball with Matt (MLB Pro Blogger) November 14, 2012 at 11:05 PM
Thanks everyone for all the great comments. This is the most comments I have ever gotten on a blog post for the Patch. I do like all my picks for Mount Rushmore, but if I was going to have a pitcher, it would have to be Denton T. "Cy" Young.
Matt Skoufalos (Editor) November 14, 2012 at 11:51 PM
Some of the best comments in a while here. Good work, everyone.
Marcia Worth (Editor) November 15, 2012 at 12:25 AM
Great timing for this post, as we're all celebrating R. A. Dickey, Mets Cy Young Award winner. Thank you!
Stan Walker November 15, 2012 at 12:47 AM
Branch Rickey
Mark November 15, 2012 at 01:18 AM
Isn't Pete Rose banned from being mentioned on blogs that mention baseball???
Mark November 15, 2012 at 01:21 AM
How 'bout Kenny Powers. Nobody throws heat like him.
Sean McCullen November 15, 2012 at 05:51 AM
I guess you take what you can get as a Mets fan. Kidding. Well, sort of.
Hank November 15, 2012 at 12:39 PM
2 to 1 says Pete Rose does not make it to Rushmore
LVLongtimer November 15, 2012 at 02:06 PM
How about Abbott & Costello? :)
Hank November 15, 2012 at 04:16 PM
If you pick Barry Bonds for Mt Rushmore what would be cheaper the steroid head or the non steroid head?
Fedup November 15, 2012 at 04:53 PM
In my opinion, Tom Seaver should be front and center in any conversation discussing the greatest baseball players of all time.
Baseball with Matt (MLB Pro Blogger) November 16, 2012 at 01:10 AM
Tom Seaver would definitely be on the NY Mets' Mount Rushmore.
Baseball with Matt (MLB Pro Blogger) November 16, 2012 at 01:11 AM
I agree. Thanks for all the feedback everyone. I have 3 other great blog posts in the on deck circle, which I think you will all like.
Baseball with Matt (MLB Pro Blogger) November 16, 2012 at 01:12 AM
Ty was very good was not a very nice person
Baseball with Matt (MLB Pro Blogger) November 16, 2012 at 01:13 AM
Larry - how about some of these great pitchers, many of whom you may not have even heard of: http://www.baseballwithmatt.blogspot.com/2012/07/greatest-pitchers-youve-never-heard-of.html
Henry Krinkle November 19, 2012 at 10:08 PM
But after all, he was "Charlie Hustle," guys! You know, 'rush more,' get it?
Tom Basta November 20, 2012 at 12:16 AM
There's no way to compare hitters and pitchers. Post dead-ball era, the Mount Rushmore for hitters is Ruth, Ted Williams, Willie Mays, and Mickey Mantle. For pitchers: It's Sandy Koufax, Nolan Ryan, Greg Maddux, and Walter Johnson (I hestiate to mention Johnson, as great as he was, because he goes back to an era that is completely impossible era to compare)
Just Facts November 20, 2012 at 02:37 AM
People are saying "Bonds" ? His head got so big from the steriods it wouldn't fit on Mount Roushmore! lol
Fred M November 20, 2012 at 04:04 AM
Never for Bonds...You can't ever honor a guy ever for doing Steroids, regardless when he started doing them. Givin him a pass because he had Hall of Fame numbers before he started taking them?. Does anyone know what year he stated taking steroids? I DONT
jesse November 20, 2012 at 05:27 AM
My "Met" Rushmore: Tom Seaver, Keith Hernandez, Mike Piazza, David Wright.
DS November 21, 2012 at 12:10 PM
Sorry man, but Willie Mays does not belong there. Someone like Cy Young, Christy Mathewson, Larry Doby, Hank Aaron, Ted Williams, Ty Cobb, Honus Wagner, Satchel Paige or Josh Gibson all belong there more than "Say Hey"...
jazzman November 21, 2012 at 01:04 PM
you sound about 90 yrs old,but im sure your young looking for attention or looking at stats,this story has to be about all around and unless you missed the play of the best player all around that the sport has ever seen your lost,he was a amazing outfielder,ran the bases better then anyone,hit home runs,and from my memory,..had a batting average of about 300,would have been higher if he didnt play into his 40`s,and most of all,... which.. and this you have know idea what im talking he had the love of the game which hasnt been seen since his time,Hank Aaron? no one even heard of Hank Aaron until he hit 714....so wheres your Mickey Mantle...these are 2 names that made baseball what it is today,Ted Williams was a arrogant bast.Ty Cobb was another one,
John M. November 21, 2012 at 03:30 PM
Agree 3 out of 4 with Michael. Although Ty Cobb was one of the greatest ever, he was a racist and a real jerk. I would consider putting Henry Aaron up there twice or replacing Cobb with Jackie Robinson.
John M. November 21, 2012 at 03:33 PM
You would have to have a little bust of Marv Thronberry too.
BART FRAENKEL November 21, 2012 at 03:55 PM
Ted Williams had a reputation as being surly with the media and that was true. But he was one of the greatest hitters of all time and he was a terrific teammate as well as a real American war hero, a strong supporter of the Jimmy Fund (cancer fund), and a teacher of the game to young players. I had the fortune of playing on his summer camp travel team in 1967 at Lakeville, Massechusetts. He took time to talk with the players and teach us some of the things that only a great ballplayer could teach. Yogi Berra thought highly enough of him that he also sent his sons to play there that summer, and Yogi has always been a good judge of players and people.
XJS November 21, 2012 at 04:01 PM
Steve Carlton or Tom Seaver should make the pitching discussion. I also think that Verlander has a lot left to offer this sport. Regular players: This thread has hit the majority of the names I'd expect to see, although, does anyone think that a player like Ichiro Suzuki deserves some thought? He's arguably the greatest leadoff hitter of our generation, no? This article was very fun to read and well thought. I enjoyed it. Keep more of these coming.
the dude November 21, 2012 at 04:46 PM
Is that what they've been saving his head for, baseball's Mt. Rushmore?
Joseph Keyes November 21, 2012 at 05:17 PM
For the old guys: Yogi Whitey Ford Duke Snider Pee Wee Reese Roy Campanella P.S. Please don't carve this Rushmore on Indian land...
Dazed not Confused November 29, 2012 at 01:24 AM
How about Pete Rose, Billy Martin, Darryl Strawberry and A-Rod? It's fine to enjoy the game, but to put these guys on the same pedestal of some of our greatest politicians is a crime. Most athletes are overpaid, not particularly smart, and (with very few but notable exceptions) are not good role models. They just happen to be talented athletes...it's time that we stop celebrating them


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