Friday, December 09, 2005
Steve Christmas Born
Well, it is that time of year. You might think Steve has a decent shot at being the best player with a holiday name--there are, after all, few people named "Jim Thanksgiving" or, say, "Jacob Chanukah." However, there is no miracle for Steve Christmas, alas. Christmas played three years in the Majors in the eighties for three different teams, but never saw action in more than twelve games in a season, and played only twenty-four in his entire career, posting a rather limp .162/.197/.297 line.
So who was the best holiday player? That honor lies with Luke Easter. Easter a Negro League star who didn't make his Major League debut until age thirty-three with
Easter died in 1979 when he was killed by an armed robber at the bank where he was working at the time. His legacy remains both the question of what kind of player Easter could've been had he played his whole career in the Majors and of course, the post as the greatest holiday player.