Slap, once again you took someone on my radar. I bow to your prowress.
Those Cheap Bastards are proud to select:
Dizzy Dean, P, Cardinals/Cubs/Browns
Post-Season: 1934 World Series, 1938 World Series
Awards: All-Star (4): 1934-1937; National League MVP 1934
Jay Hanna "Dizzy" Dean, the brash Cardinals fireballer, burst upon the big league scene in 1932 and averaged 24 wins over his first five full campaigns. A winner of four consecutive National League strikeout crowns, "Diz" was 30-7 in 1934 (the last National League pitcher to record 30 wins) when he and his brother Paul led the "Gashouse Gang" to the World Championship. A broken toe suffered in the 1937 All-Star Game led to an arm injury that eventually shortened his playing days. He later embarked on a successful broadcasting career.
"As a ballplayer, Dizzy Dean was a natural phenomenon, like the Grand Canyon or the Great Barrier Reef. Nobody ever taught him baseball and he never had to learn. He was just doing what came naturally when a scout named Don Curtis discovered him on a Texas sandlot and gave him his first contract."
— Red Smith
Did You Know... that Dizzy Dean made his big league debut on the final day of the Cardinals' 1930 season, surrendering just three hits as he defeated the Pirates 3-1?
(Quite a steal here, methinks)
Rod Carew, 2B, Twins/Angels
Post-Season: 1969 ALCS, 1970 ALCS, 1979 ALCS, 1982 ALCS
Awards: All-Star (18): 1967-1984; American League Most Valuable Player 1977; AL Rookie of the Year 1967
Rod Carew lined, chopped and bunted his way to 3,053 career hits. His seven batting titles are surpassed only by Ty Cobb, Tony Gwynn and Honus Wagner, and equaled only by Rogers Hornsby and Stan Musial. He used a variety of relaxed, crouched batting stances to hit over .300 in 15 consecutive seasons with the Twins and Angels, achieving a .328 lifetime average. He was honored as American League Rookie of the Year in 1967, won the league MVP 10 years later and was named to 18 straight All-Star teams. He remains a national hero in Panama.
"He has an uncanny ability to move the ball around as if the bat were some kind of magic wand."
— Ken Holtzman
Did You Know... that Rod Carew's seven steals of home in 1969 is a single-season total surpassed only by Ty Cobb?