All Saints, but not so many available ...

Sunday, November 01 2009 @ 03:38 PM EST

Contributed by: Mick Doherty

Another Halloween has passed, and we are more than halfway through the Nov. 1 anniversary that is known widely in many Christian denominations as "All Saints Day." I thought we might build a Hall of Names team around men with "Saint" or at least "St." in their names, but these sainted ballplayers are few and far enough between that, certainly moreso than the five dozen or so major leaguers with "Angel"-based names, they could gather to dance on the head of a pin.

Though we might assemble a full active roster if we counted the 75 or so historical minor league Saint/St. ballplayers -- including infdividuals like 1953 Drummondville Royals backstop Marcel St. Pierre (who frankly sounds more like a goaltender than a catcher) -- our major league "archive" of saints includes just three men ...

So we have two pitchers and a catcher -- not exactly a holy trinity if you're trying to field an entire team. As Billy Joel once put it (sort of) we may laugh with the sinners, but we'll cry with these saints.

So tell me, Bauxites, other than stuffing the roster with a variety of Independent League St. Paul Saints or wrapping in every Matthew, Mark, Luke, John, Peter and Paul we can think of -- how can we further honor our saintly ballplayers with an All Saint's Day roster?