June 20, 2011

Dmitri Young in the Hall of Fame Classic. Come again … ?

This morning I received my Baseball Hall of Fame newsletter, Inside Pitch, and the lead story recapped yesterday’s Hall of Fame Classic in Cooperstown.

Before the game they held a parade that featuredĀ Hall of Famers Jim Rice, Ozzie Smith, Goose Gossage, Phil Niekro, Andre Dawson and Dick Williams.

Scanning through the article I could’ve sworn I saw Dmitri Young‘s name.

Dmitri Young? At the Hall of Fame Classic?

Lo and behold …

Soon enough the crowds headed to historic Doubleday Field for the day’s main event, which began with a Legends Hitting Contest won by two-time All-Star Dmitri Young in a finals showdown with Reggie Sanders.

“It felt great,” Young said minutes later. “It took a couple of swings but once you get in the swing of things and the mentality comes back with all the baseball players. I just started feeling comfortable up there.

“I was here in for the Hall of Fame Game in 2005 and came in second against Big Papi (David Ortiz). But now I’m the champ and have a watch to prove it.”

At this point I had to find out which players were a part of this game. The answer included several obscure former Tigers players including pitchers John Doherty, Jon Warden and Jack Lazorko, and infielder Frank Catalanotto.

You can see the box score here (be warned it’s not a web page — it fires up an Excel document) and you’ll see several well-known names — from Bill Lee to Dale Murphy to Dave Henderson.

And with names like that you can understand my curiosity about DY.

Classic, I suppose, but not in traditionally classic fashion.

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  1. Damian | Jun 20, 2011 | Reply

    Wow…Jon Warden rang a bell with me, so when I clicked on his page link to the Baseball Reference site, I discovered that he played just ONE season in the majors with just ONE team, and that team just happened to be the Tigers’ 68 WS championship winning team. Prior to the ’69 season the expansion KC Royals scooped him up, and Warden never again pitched in MLB, just played 3 more seasons in the minors, with the Royals, Cardinals, and Brewers farm teams before his pro-ball career ended.

    At least he got a cup of coffee in MLB in what would prove to be a fortuitous season, as some of the MLB players who are in the HOF never did play on a team that won the WS.

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