To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Moon Landing, the SABR Baseball Cards blog is pleased to announce the “Apollo 50 All-Time Team!”
Our right-handed starter is John “Blue Moon” Odom, and our lefty is Bill “Spaceman” Lee. Coming out of the pen are Mike “Moon Man” Marshall and Greg “Moonie” Minton. Sadly, a failed drug test kept a certain fireballer with a space travel-themed nickname on the outside looking in. Finally, in keeping with tradition, Tony “Apollo of the Box” Mullane was intentionally overlooked.
Behind the plate is Fernando Lunar, who enjoyed a cup of Tang with the Braves before assuming backup duties for Baltimore in the early 2000s.
While primarily an outfielder, Wally Moon will man first base and provide some power from the left side of the plate with his prodigious moonshots.
Ford “Moon” Mullen won the first ever NCAA Men’s Basketball title as a member of the 1939 University of Oregon Webfoots five years before he made his Major League debut with the Phillies in 1944. Owing to the dearth of baseball card sets at that time, his only playing era cardboard comes from the 1943 Centennial Flour Seattle Rainiers set.
Mike “Moonman” Shannon had a solid nine-year career with the Cardinals, highlighted by titles in 1964 and 1967 and a 1968 season that included a pennant to go with his seventh-place finish in an unusual MVP race where four of the top seven finishers were teammates.
“Houston, we have a problem. Our shortstop has a .185 career batting average!” Can the Flying Dutchman be modified for space travel?
“The Rocket,” Lou Brock, is our leftfielder; “The Gray Eagle,” Tris Speaker, plays a shallow center, and patrolling rightfield is Steve “Orbit” Hovley.
Looking for his first ever Big League at-bat is Archibald “Moonlight” Graham.
Without this man, would there even have been an Apollo program?
Though he never suited up in the Bigs, we’ll gladly take a guy named Crater who managed the Rockets.
And speaking of guys named Crater!
But seeing as this Crater is a volcanic crater rather than an impact crater, we will double-dip by adding the inimitable Orbit!
Feel free to use the Comments section to air your snubs (“What? No ‘Death to Flying Things’ Ferguson?”) and note your Pilots sightings (Hi, Tim!). We’ll radio our guy in the Command Module and be sure your thoughts receive all due consideration.
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There must be a cosmic connection between the Pilots and Apollo 11. You forgot Pilot minor leaguer “Buzz Stephen.” Memo Luna and Steve “Von” Braun. Fun stuff!
Great ones! Many connections. I think the guys at Mission Control even pounded Buds once the astronauts made it back to Earth!
Although he never made it to the moon, in reserve is 19th century Olympian outfielder John Glenn.
Love that Wally Moon unibrow!
Great choice! And on the subject of players from long ago, I bet the moon landing budget wouldn’t have been hurt by another Ten Million! https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ten_Million
While their nicknames are more space-related than moon-related, the Commerce Comet and Millville Meteor could help any team. They even have cards with their nicknames in 2018 Donruss.
Definitely! Almost wouldn’t be fair.
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As a 19th century guy, my only quibble is Mullane’s omission. Otherwise, great post!!
Yes, and that was a bit of a SABR inside joke as he won the award for Most Overlooked 19th Century Player a few years back. Definitely his nickname is without compare!
Understood. Really enjoyed the timely post.