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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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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