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Babe Ruth should have gone in to Cooperstown as a Brave

Jan 18, 2010, 9:58 AM EDT

I realize that it’s a holiday and the day after a big football weekend and that we’re really in the doldrums of the offseason, but can someone tell me if there’s a less compelling question in baseball than whether Greg Maddux and Tom Glavine will go into the Hall of Fame wearing Braves caps?

I mean, I guess you can argue about anything — and sure, Maddux had one legitimately great season as a Cub — but isn’t this kind of like wondering whether Willie Mays would go in as a Met or Hank Aaron as a Brewer?

OK, I take it back. It’s actually a fun question, not for its own sake, but because now it has me thinking of what would the most awesomely inappropriate Hall caps. My short list:

Babe Ruth, Braves;
Ty Cobb, Athletics;
Christy Mathewson, Reds
Yogi Berra, Mets
Steve Carlton, Giants
Rickey Henderson, Red Sox
Leo Durocher, Astros
Reggie Jackson, Orioles
Harmon Killebrew, Royals
Eddie Matthews, Tigers
Warren Spahn, Giants

Any other candidates?

  1. Richard Dansky - Jan 18, 2010 at 10:04 AM

    Jim Rice, Red Sox?

  2. Craig Calcaterra - Jan 18, 2010 at 10:05 AM

    Zing!

  3. Dave F - Jan 18, 2010 at 10:09 AM

    How about Tom Seaver, White Sox

  4. Richard - Jan 18, 2010 at 10:13 AM

    Frank Robinson – Dodgers, Mike Piazza – Marlins, Hank Greenberg – Pirates, Don Sutton – Athletics, Robbie Alomar – Tampa Bay (o wait, obviously he is not a hall of famer), Jack Morris in any hat

  5. gumbercules - Jan 18, 2010 at 10:14 AM

    Nolan Ryan, Mets
    Pete Rose, Expos…no, wait

  6. D.J. Short - Jan 18, 2010 at 10:15 AM

    Duke Snider – Giants?

  7. Jonny5 - Jan 18, 2010 at 10:17 AM

    LOL!!! I can’t even picture most of the above scenerios without my mind shutting down for a systems reboot.

  8. Harry Pavlidis - Jan 18, 2010 at 10:18 AM

    Billy Williams, A’s

  9. J.P. - Jan 18, 2010 at 10:18 AM

    Ryne Sandberg, Phillies. But now I can start the Pedro Martinez as a Phillie Induction campaign.

  10. Sam - Jan 18, 2010 at 10:24 AM

    Ken Griffey Jr., Reds; Randy Johnson, Expos; Fred McGriff, oh, wait…

  11. Jacob - Jan 18, 2010 at 10:25 AM

    Willie Mays – Mets
    Hank Aaron – Brewers

  12. (Not That) Tom - Jan 18, 2010 at 10:29 AM

    Ted Williams – Texas Rangers
    Well, he posted a .351 for them in his final season in the game. Of course that was a managerial winning percentage and not a batting average but we won’t hold that against him.

  13. (Not That) Tom - Jan 18, 2010 at 10:30 AM

    Tony Gwynn – Burger King crown

  14. Alex K - Jan 18, 2010 at 10:43 AM

    Don’t you mean Ken Griffey Jr.- White Sox?

  15. Ryan - Jan 18, 2010 at 10:47 AM

    Lou Brock – Cubs

  16. gumbercules - Jan 18, 2010 at 10:50 AM

    Cap Anson, KKK hood

  17. cory - Jan 18, 2010 at 11:11 AM

    Wade Boggs- Tampa Bay Devil Ray….oh wait

  18. Bob R. - Jan 18, 2010 at 11:11 AM

    Jackie Robinson: Giants
    He never joined the team, but he was traded to them-and retired rather than switch teams.
    Warren Spahn: Mets
    Robin Roberts: Yankees
    Paul Waner: Yankees
    Gary Carter: Dodgers (or Giants)
    Wade Boggs: Devil Rays
    Joe Morgan: A’s
    Juan Marichal: Dodgers
    Goose Gossage: Mariners
    Phil Niekro: Blue Jays

  19. Chipmaker - Jan 18, 2010 at 11:25 AM

    Jimmie Foxx — Phillies.
    Eddie Murray — Angels.
    Ozzie Smith — Padres.
    Nellie Fox — Astros.
    Steve Carlton — Giants.
    Willie McCovey — Athletics.
    Juan Marichal — Dodgers.
    Dizzy Dean — Browns.
    Ed Walsh — Braves.
    Rogers Hornsby — Giants.
    Connie Mack — Buffalo Bisons.
    Cy Young — Braves.
    Honus Wagner — Louisville Colonels.

  20. Old Gator - Jan 18, 2010 at 11:25 AM

    Johnny Damon, in a propeller beanie?

  21. Ottoe - Jan 18, 2010 at 11:25 AM

    Rickey Henderson, Red Sox is the best on your list … Yogi Berra, Mets second best …
    What makes this work is the incongruity

  22. Old Gator - Jan 18, 2010 at 11:28 AM

    Okay, you real history buffs: Kirk Gibson with a smear of shoe polish.

  23. Old Gator - Jan 18, 2010 at 11:31 AM

    Johnny Damon in a Red Sox jersey with a crown of thorns?

  24. Old Gator - Jan 18, 2010 at 11:32 AM

    Johnny Damon holding a “will work for food” placard?

  25. Old Gator - Jan 18, 2010 at 11:33 AM

    Johnny Damon in a Scott Boras T-shirt and a dunce cap?

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