Larry Walker grew up with sticks, skates and pads as a hockey hopeful.
His sports destiny, however, landed him on the baseball diamond – and with a permanent place in the game’s storied history.
For 20 seasons, Alan Trammell was the face of the Detroit Tigers.
And during those 20 years, Trammell proved to be one of the best all-around shortstops in baseball.
In more than 1,000 appearances as a relief pitcher – mostly as a set-up man – Mike Timlin took the ball.
The ball, meanwhile, took him to the top of the baseball world – and earned him lasting respect among opponents and teammates.”
“I (had) nothing but fun,” Timlin said.
Even in the context of one of the greatest offensive ages in the history of the game, Frank Thomas’ numbers are staggering.
Sammy Sosa’s baseball journey has taken him through early poverty to national stardom and everywhere in between.
Now, it’s taken him to the doorstep of the Hall of Fame.
Born the son of a pro football star and a household name among diehard baseball fans before he even made the majors, J.T. Snow was destined for success.
Today – after a 16-year big league career filled with accolades – Snow finds himself among the few players ever considered for the Hall of Fame.
At the time of his retirement, the numbers left little room for doubt.
Lee Arthur Smith – by virtue of having saved the most games in major league history – was one of baseball’s greatest relief pitchers.
Today, more than 15 years after his last big league game, Smith’s numbers still rank among the game’s best.
Standing 6-foot-8, a young and athletic Richie Sexson once considered basketball his sport of choice. Though a talented hoopster, he would eventually come to the conclusion that baseball was where his future lie.
Able to produce jaw-dropping home runs thanks to a stroke enhanced with his long-limbed leverage, Sexson, the longtime first baseman with the powerful right-handed bat, developed into one of the top sluggers from the first decade of the 21st century.
Curt Schilling’s appreciation for baseball history dates back to his childhood.
Today, Schilling is on the verge of the ultimate mark on the game’s history: Election to the Hall of Fame.
Growing up outside of Tampa, Fla., lanky and youthful right fielder Kenny Rogers looked to have a promising career ahead of him.
He hit .375 his senior season and was drafted by the Texas Rangers in 1982. However, the Rangers had other plans for Rogers.