Trout: the next Salmon?
The baseball world is buzzing about #1 rated minor league outfielder, Mike Trout, who may or may not make his highly anticipated debut this season with the Angels. Doesn’t it seem fitting that Trout would play for the Angels, a team once led by a player with another gill-bearing surname. No, not Kevin Bass
In the last 10-15 years, the most notable Angel player has to be Tim Salmon, having played his entire career with the Halo’s. Imagine if Trout, Salmon, and former all-star centerfielder, Chet Lemon were to bat 3-4-5 in the same lineup. Salmon-Lemon-Trout, sounds like a delicious lineup. It got me thinking about the other great food names in sports.
The Sports Minion decided to take the time to pay homage to some of the most savory characters in sports, and who were the most successful in the game. Here’s our non-baker’s dozen…
12. Tim Salmon: Baseball, OF 1992-2006
Known as Mr. Angel, Salmon played his entire career with the Angels organization, playing for the California Angels, Anaheim Angels, and of course the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. In 1993 he was named the Rookie of the Year after a .283, 31HR, 95 RBI season. In 2002 he led the Angels to their first and only World Series title over the San Francisco Giants, hitting .346 in the series. Finished career with 299 homers and 1,016 RBI.
11. Dan Quisenberry: Baseball, P 1979 – 1990
Playing primarily with the Kansas City Royals, Quisenberry was one of the premier closers throughout the 80’s. He led the AL in single season saves five times, including 45 saves in 1983. He was a 3-time All Star and finished within the top 5 in Cy Young voting five times. At the end of his career he accumulated over 240 saves.
10. Chet Lemon: Baseball, OF 1975-1990
Lemon played for two teams throughout his career, the Chicago White Sox and Detroit Tigers. He was a 3-time All Star and often led the league in HBP (20 in ’83). He was hit by 151 pitches in his career, which ranks him #21 all time, one less than Derek Jeter. He ended his career with over 300 doubles, 200 homers, and 800 RBI.
9. Derek Fisher: Basketball, G 1996 – current
Reaching a bit on this one, yes, but Fisher deserves to be on this list. Drafted by the Lakers in ’96, Fisher has remained a fan favorite on teams that have included the likes of Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant. The very durable Fisher has played in all 82 regular season games in 8 seasons and is a 5-time NBA Champion. In the next month, he will likely have collected over 1,200 steals in his career.
8. Deron Cherry, Football, DB 1981 – 1991
Playing a decade in the NFL entirely with the Kansas City Chiefs, Cherry was a 6-time Pro Bowl selection and a 3-Time First Team All-Pro. He was drafted out of Rutgers in ’91 where he played both free safety and punter. Finished his career with 50 interceptions (32nd all-time) and had five seasons with 7 or more interceptions.
7. Daryl Strawberry: Baseball, OF 1983-1999
Drafted #1 overall by the New York Mets in the 1980 Amateur Draft, Strawberry was set to be the next icon in professional baseball. In 1983, he hit 26 HR with 74 RBI, and undoubtedly was named the 1983 Rookie of the Year. In 1988, Strawberry slugged a league leading 39 homers with 101 RBI, and also led the league in both SLG% and OPS&, finishing 2nd in MVP voting, in a close vote with Dodger legend Kirk Gibson. He was an 8-time All Star selection and 2-time Silver Slugger Award Winner. After 1991 season, he never hit over 25 HR again, but did finish career with 335 homers and 1,000 RBI. Also, had a great cameo on the Simpsons.
6. Julius Peppers: Football, DE 2002 – current
Drafted 2nd overall in the 2002 NFL Draft by the Carolina Panthers, Peppers made an immediate impact on the NFL, winning the 2002 Defensive Rookie of the Year Award after a strong ’02 season highlighted by Peppers’ 12 sacks. He has gone on to 6 double digit sack seasons, including 14.5 in 2008. Peppers is a 6-time Pro Bowl selection and has been named a First Team All-Pro, 3 times. At the University of North Carolina he received both the Chuck Bednarik and Lombardi awards.
5. Goose Gossage: Baseball, P 1972 – 1994
A career spanning 22 seasons with 9 different teams, Gossage was named into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2008. He was a 9-time All Star and finished his career as one of the most prolific closers in the game with 310 career saves. He led the American League in saves in 3 different seasons and helped lead the New York Yankees to a World Series title in 1978. Compiled over 1,500 strikeouts in his career, and a career 3.01 ERA.
4. Catfish Hunter: Baseball, P 1965 – 1979
Inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 1987. In 1974 he won the Cy Young Award after a 25-win season and an ERA under 2.50. He is a 5-time World Series winner with both the Oakland Athletics and New York Yankees. He was an 8-time All Star selection, pitched a perfect game, and in ‘75 he led the league with 30 complete games. He ended his career with a 224-166 W-L record and over 2,000 strikeouts with a career ERA of 3.26.
3. Jack Ham: Football, LB 1971-1982
Leader of a juggernaut Pittsburgh Steel Curtain defense, Ham was named into the National Football Hall of Fame in 1988. He was a 6-time First Team All-Pro, a 4-time Super Bowl Champion, and was an 8-time Pro Bowl selection. Ham played his entire career with the Steelers and is a member of the prestigious 20/20 club, accumulating over 20 sacks and 20 INT in his career. Was named onto the NFL’s 75th Anniversary All-Time Team.
2. Jerry Rice: Football, WR 1985- 2004
Rated NFL’s All Time Greatest Player by NFL.com. A 2010 Hall of Fame inductee. He was selected to 13 Pro Bowls and was an 11-time First Team All Pro. He led the San Francisco 49ers to 3 Super Bowls victories, and was named the 1988 Super Bowl MVP. He led the league is receiving yards 6 times and had 14 seasons with over 1,000 receiving yards. Rice ended his career as the NFL’s career leader in receptions (1,549), receiving yards (22,895), and touchdowns (208). His career receiving yards top any other receiver by over 400 yards, and his receiving touchdowns (197) are 44 more than the runner up.
1. Larry Bird: Basketball, F 1979 – 1992
One of the greatest NBA players of all time. Inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1998. Larry Legend was a 3-time MVP and won 3 NBA Championships. Known for this 3-pt shot, making 649 of them in his career, he finished with over 21,000 points, 5,000 assists, and 8,000 rebounds. He was named to 12 All Star teams in his 13 year career, and was a 9-time All NBA First Team recipient. 1n 1980 he was named the NBA Rookie of the Year and retired averaging an impressive 24.3 PPG, 10.0 RPG, and 6.3 APG. He played his entire career with the Boston Celtics, during which time the Celtics never failed to qualify for the playoffs.
- Moose, or Hawks; yes these are animals, but good to eat? Doubtful.
- Apologies to other geese, rice, or birds, sorry we already had one
- Ty Cobb: not technically a food, more of a way to eat it; plus Shoeless Joe told him to “stick it”
- O.J. & Jerod Mayo: The Sports Minion doesn’t care much for the disgusting condiment known as mayonnaise.
- Recent 2011 NFL Hall of Fame inductee Chris Hanburger missed by an “m”