Homage to Everyday Players Behind the Greatest Ones

by Sportzcommish - 1 card (Last updated on Feb. 24, 2019)

1. 1980 Topps #147 Terry Puhl

In 1980 against the eventual World Champion Philadelphia Phillies in the NLCS, Puhl kept Houston in the series with a then-record .526 batting average going 10-for-19 with 4 runs, 3 RBI, and 2 stolen bases. Though the Astros lost, he continued getting on base keeping Houston in the series. In the final game against the Phils he collected four hits and scored three runs.
His playoff hitting record stood until the 1992 NL Playoffs.

Hall of Famer he supported with his play: Nolan Ryan


Feb. 24, 2019 - 7:22PM

The Angels have only one WS win.  2002

Adam Kennedy hit 3 homers in one game in the 2002 ALCS. From the 9th spot in the lineup.

In the World Series, the Angels were down 3 games to 2, and down 5-0 in the bottom of the 7th of game 6.  Scott Spezio hit a 3 run HR that spurred the Angels to a 6-5 win.  They obviously went on to win game 7.

Either player could qualify.

Feb. 25, 2019 - 7:54AM

Trammell was the MVP of the 84 series, but Kirk Gibson's slightly less famous home run heroics in the clinching game 5 gets my Tigers vote.

Feb. 25, 2019 - 6:55PM

Jim Leyritz, of Ye Olde Yankees. Overall, he had a Win Expectantcy Added of 1.36 in the posteason.

Feb. 26, 2019 - 7:37PM

Scott Brosius. 1998 World Series Game 3. Yankees were down 3-0 in the 7th and he hits a Homerun to score one. In the 8th they are down 3-2 and he hits a 3 run homer to take the lead and eventually the World Series Title.

Edited on: Feb. 26, 2019 - 7:40PM

Feb. 28, 2019 - 9:46AM

Hal Smith, Pittsburgh Pirates.  Many people forget that it was his 3 run blast (with the Pirates trailing 7-6 at the time) in the bottom of the eighth inning of the 1960 World Series, which put the Bucs in the lead ahead of the Yanks and set the stage for Bill Mazeroski in the bottom of the ninth.

Edited on: Feb. 28, 2019 - 10:02AM

Feb. 28, 2019 - 10:03AM

For the Cardinals, either Pete Kozma (9th inning hit in Game 5 of the 2012 NLDS clinches the series win against the Nationals) or Tom Lawless (hit a go-ahead home run in Game 4 of the 1987 World Series against Frank Viola, despite hitting .080 during the regular season and only having one previous home run in his career).

Feb. 28, 2019 - 10:04AM

Jim Edmonds for cardinals/angels - 8 gold gloves in premium position of center field, several big hits in playoffs (even against astros in 04 or 05 sorry)

world series champion in 06

5  yrs of 30+ hr

fell off hof ballot in 2016 with only 2.5 %

thanks, mark





Feb. 28, 2019 - 10:10AM

Tony Womack for the Arizona Diamondbacks.  In Game 7 of the 2001 World Series, he hit a game tying double in the bottom of the 9th off Mariano Rivera.  Luis Gonzalez gets most of the credit for hitting the walk off single, but the double by Womack was incredibly clutch and saved the game, putting them in the position to win the game.  

Also, he hit the walk off single earlier that postseason in the NLDS in game 5 against the Cardinals.  

Edit:  Keeping with your format- the Hall of Famer he supported with his play would be Randy Johnson.

Edited on: Feb. 28, 2019 - 10:18AM

Feb. 28, 2019 - 10:36AM

Cardinals - David Freese.  2011.  Best complete postseason batting performance of the wild card era.  Not to mention a triple with 2 strikes and 2 outs in the 9th inning of an elimination game, and a walk off homer in extra innings of the same game.  NLCS MVP.  World Series MVP.

Edited to add that he did so in support of HOF manager Tony Larussa, and certain future-HOF teammates Albert Pujols and Yadier Molina.

Edited again to add that the other Cardinals weren't listed above when I started typing, but I'm at work and didn't hit submit quick enough.

Edited on: Feb. 28, 2019 - 10:48AM

Feb. 28, 2019 - 11:50AM

I’m going to stretch the “not hall of fame caliber” but I nominate the 1968 Detroit Tigers Mickey Lolich.  This was the year Denny McLain won 31 games but it was Lolich that won 3 games as a starter in the series and at least one was on two days rest. He also hit his only career homer during this series. He was the starter for the famous Jose Felicono National Anthem game.

Feb. 28, 2019 - 12:35PM

Mets: 2006- Carlos Delgado, while in my opinion HOF caliber, is no longer on the ballot. In his first and only career postseason, he slashed .351/.442/.757 with 4 home runs, including 3 in the NLCS against eventual WS champ St. Louis. Hit two in Game 2. While they didn't make the World Series, he supported HOFer Tom Glavine during the run.

1986- Ray Knight. After struggling in the NLCS, Knight's bat came to life in the WS against Boston. He slashed .391/.440/.565, with a home run in the deciding game 7 in a crucial at bat in the 6th inning to give the Mets the lead. He scored the winning run on the infamous Buckner error in Game 6, as well as driving in 5 runs in the series, supporting HOFers Gary Carter (who had a great series as well) and Keith Hernandez.

Edited on: Feb. 28, 2019 - 12:38PM

Feb. 28, 2019 - 4:21PM

sahal694, I liked Womack alot when he played just a few years for cardinals.

switzr1, I like Freese alot as well...and I like how he still gets standing ovations when he plays in STL with the visiting team like Pirates or Dodgers.

I have good memories of his WS HR(s) also- my son was in college at time and working full time (so tired all the time then)...he was watching the game with me, but fell asleep in 8th and went to bed...so he missed all the drama!  





Mar. 1, 2019 - 7:23PM

Blue Jays

Devon White - "The Catch" in Game Three of the 1992 World Series. Two runners on base when making an incredible wall catch off David Justice in the fourth inning. Resulted in nearly the second triple play in World Series history if not for a blown call on a heel tag by Kelly Gruber on Deion Sanders.

Mar. 3, 2019 - 8:49PM


(Not to take anything away from Ray Knight, but...)

Jesse Orosco - 1986 NLCS, won three games in relief (only player to date to do so in a postseason series), and clinched both the NL and WS Championships by striking out the final batter. Also had an RBI single in game 7 of the WS. Hold the record for most appearances by a pitcher (1,252), and an impressive 8.2K/9 innings ratio. Finished 3rd in CYA voting in 1983.

Devon White's catch and the triple play that should have been - one of the many "memorable" calls by Bob Davidson.

Yankees - Dr. Bobby Brown.  Won 4 WS with them ('47, '49, '50, '51). In his 17 WS games, he hit .439 with 5 doubles, 3 triples, 9 RBIs, and a 1.207 OPS (including a remarkable 2.667 OPS in '47). Oh, and he's a decorated veteran of WW2 and Korea, a cardiologist, and former AL president.

Mar. 6, 2019 - 8:52PM

@randylaw I agree totally. My nomination of Gibson instead of Lolich was the Not HOF tag Joshua included. Lolich is one of those players I always have to remind myself is not in the HOF. Lolich in my mind is a HOF player.

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