THE OUTFIELD OF DREAMS
How would you have liked to have had an outfield of Joe DiMaggio, Ted Williams, and Stan Musial? How about Mantle, Mays, and Aaron, or Kirby Puckett, Ken Griffey Jr, and Jose Canseco. Well that kind of dream outfield never happens ..except that once it did.
In 1927 the Philadelphia Athletics had an outfield that consisted of 3 future Hall of Famers all of whom are legendary names in the history of the game. Ty Cobb, Al Simmons, and Zack Wheat at one time or another all played together in the outfield for the Athletics that year. What a sight that must have been, Al Simmons was approaching his prime, and Cobb and Wheat were in their forties but both were still productive.
of course, at the age of 25, was the star. He hit .398 that year and was
in the process of consolidating his position as one of the pre-eminent players
of the game. He had been with
Its interesting to note that in the supposed twilight of Cobbs career, (he was 40 at the time) he had a wonderful season that year. He hit .357, knocked in 84 RBIs, and managed to steal a number of bases as well. The next year, which was to be his last, he still managed a .323 average. Al Simmons hit .351 and had 15 homeruns. In 1929, with Cobb gone, Simmons had a banner year. He hit .385, had 34 homeruns and knocked in 157 RBIs.
Wheat stayed one year
It would have been wonderful to have seen all three men playing in that outfield during their prime. Since that wasnt possible, its kind of nice to have had them together for that one brief moment in 1927.