Sunday, January 16, 2005

January 16th, 1957

Steve Balboni Born

If Steve Balboni could do nothing else, he could hit the long ball. Unfortunately for Steve, he could do nothing else. He couldn’t hit for average (lifetime .229) couldn’t draw a walk (lifetime on-base percentage of .293), couldn’t steal a base (lifetime three attempts, one sucess), couldn’t play anywhere but first (lifetime 630 games at 1B, 0 elsewhere) and couldn’t even play first that well (lifetime .989 fielding percentage). Steve played parts of eleventh majors seasons however, because he hit home runs at a pace comparable to Aaron and Mays. There’s something reassuring—almost inspirational—in his success, knowing that a man with just one skill can spend eleven years at the highest level of his profession.

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