Highlighted here, are our picks for Fans' Favorites. These ball players gave it their all, they played outstanding winning baseball; bunted, advanced the runner, hustled, made diving catches, and hometown fans cheered their every play. Here's a few of the all-time winners. Baseballhistorian.com
Jim Gantner, 2nd baseman, Milwaukee Brewers, 1977-1991. An outstanding, give-it-your-all baseball player. Always played to win, capable bunter, excellent at hit-and-run, made diving catches in the field, and helped the Brewers in the fight for the pennant, year after year. Gantner amassed over 1400 hits, scored over 600 runs, stole over 120 bases as he played in over 1500 games. Jim Gantner was an important spoke-in-the-wheel as the Brewers won the American league pennant. We honor this native of Eden, Wisconsin, Gantner was truly a Fans' Favorite.
Brett Butler, Centerfielder, Braves, Indians, Giants, Dodgers 1982-96. Outstanding bunter, centerfielder, base-runner, and lead-off hitter. Butler's pleasing personality, big smile; all masked his aggressive base running and ball playing. Twice, Brett Butler led the league in runs. Butler stole over 30 bases in 11 different years. He scored over 100 runs in six different years. Brett Butler was a popular player for whatever team he played for and we are proud to list him as a Fans' Favorite.
Hal Jeffcoat, Centerfielder & Pitcher RH; Chicago Cubs & Cinc. Reds 1948-59. Jeffcoat was one of the most exciting centerfielders in the early 1950s. He made diving-running catches, crashed into the walls and was a delight in Wrigley Field, home of the Chicago Cubs. He appeared to be flying after the balls with his never-ending hustling. Jeffcoat batted near .250 in his career and won many games with his bat. Hal Jeffcoat served in the U. S. Military during the war and after he was injured playing baseball in 1950 he stated, "I was in combat 2 1/2 years as a paratrooper. I made 13 jumps out of an airplane and never got a scratch. Now I get busted up for two months chasing a little white ball!" On May 2, 1948, he tied a major league record by hitting two doubles in one inning. In 1954, he converted to pitcher, and was better than the average reliever in this decade. His son, James, was a major league pitcher in the 1980s and his older brother, Mike, pitched in the NL. Hal Jeffcoat; baseballhistorian.com sends our cheers; for you were a Fans' Favorite.
Mookie Wilson, Centerfielder, Switch-hitter, N. Y. Mets 1980-89; Tor. Blue Jays 1990. Popular player, Mookie Wilson was the Fans' Favorite during the 1980s. Whenever he came to bat or was on 1st Base, Mets' fans would chant, "Mooookie, Mooookie". He was a top base stealer, a ball-hawk in centerfield, a speed-demon on the basepaths and a winning ballplayer. In 1982, 'Mookie' batted .279, stole 58 bases, scored 90 runs. In 1983, he hit 25 doubles, 7 HRs, stole 54 bases and scored 91 runs. Mookie's speed led the way for the New York Mets thru the 1980s in their quest for the NL pennant. In his career, Mookie Wilson batted .274, stole 327 bases and played in 1403 games. 'Mookie' gave it his best shot every game and we are happy to name you a Fans' Favorite.