Meet Brooklyn's Bums

Wednesday, January 04 2006 @ 08:00 PM EST

Contributed by: Mick Doherty

In a continuing effort to assemble the perfect All-City baseball team (after Bauxites were challenged to try all-state, all-province or all-country ... the showoff!), longtime Batter's Box contributor Craig Burley realized his recent Mobile Homeboys, even with five Hall of Famers, might struggle in the Mean Streets of Flatbush.

By Craig Burley
You could put together a heck of a team from Brooklyn, even though there's only one all-time great [presumably Koufax, though there are four Hall of Famers on the roster -- ed.] on the team. The team is weakish in the OF, but very strong in the infield and in starting pitchers. Halama must stay on the team only because he has the greatest BB-Ref sponsor message of all time ...

** indicates Hall of Fame
* indicates All-Star

C Joe Torre*
1B Joe Judge
2B Lou Whitaker*
3B Eddie Yost*
SS Phil Rizzuto**
LF Tommy Davis*
CF Tommy Holmes*
RF Sid Gordon*
DH Curt Blefary

C Paul LoDuca*
IF Rich Aurilia*
IF Rico Petrocelli*
OF John Cangelosi
OF Joe Pepitone*
UT Shawon Dunston*

LHSP Sandy Koufax**
RHSP Waite Hoyt**
RHSP Dennis Leonard
RHSP Smiling Mickey Welch**
RHSP George McQuillan

RP-CL John Franco*
LHRP Joe Sambito*
RHRP Don McMahon*
LHRP John Halama
RHRP Turk Lown

So, then, Bauxites ... can you brook this team any better? Or do we need to fall back on a Brook-Lyn combination, even though catcher Fordyce is from Connecticut and infielder Lary is from California?