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Every month, The Sports Minion will turn back the clock and remind fans of past “legends” in sports.  Not the type of mainstream athlete that belted 49 homers in a rookie season or threw for 50 touchdown passes in a single season.  Our Whatever Happened To section will feature athletes we all remember for various reasons, like this month’s example, his use of goggles.

A 3-time All Star with the Cincinnati Reds, former third baseman, Chris Sabo is this month’s Whatever Happened To.  Sabo, a former Michigan Wolverine, began and ended his career with the Reds.  A Rookie of the Year in 1988, Sabo led the Reds to a 1990 World Series sweep over the 103-win Oakland Athletics, while hitting a whopping .563 with 2 homers, and 5 RBI’s.  The following season, Sabo hit .301 with 26 HR’s, 88 RBI’s, and 19 SB’s.

But, it’s not these performances we remember, Sabo is more well known for his fantastic goggles.

In fact there’s a website dedicated to just that.  Sabo rocked his goggles in a way only a few others could have pulled off.   Teaming with future Hall of Famer, Barry Larkin, and First Baseman Hal Morris, they were one of the strongest infields in the early 90’s.  His hard work ethic was evident, and if not for injuries, he may have been more than the professional baseball player with obscure goggles.  At least he won’t go down in history as that guy who always wore a helmet.  Sorry John.

Chris Sabo, we salute you.

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