On The Early Lead, Cindy Boren notes that Minnesota Twins slugger Jim Thome, has tied the all-time record for walk-off home runs with Jimmie Foxx, Mickey Mantle, Stan Musial, Frank Robinson and Babe Ruth. That is pretty good company and along with nearly 600 home runs makes Thome a Hall of Famer in my book. Anyway, the local angle is that Mr. Walkoff, Ryan Zimmerman of the Washington Nationals, is half way to that milestone. I don’t want to jinx him,
but Zimmerman has 6 walk-off home runs in less than 6 seasons. UPDATE & CORRECTION: Cindy reminds me that Zimmerman beat the Phillies on a walk-off on July 31 when I was down the Shore, raising his career total to 7 in less than 6 years. Sorry for the omission folks, this is why I don’t take a lot of vacations from blogging.
Speaking of Ruth, some color photographs of his final appearance at Yankee Stadium are now up on the Life magazine site. Amazing — I’m not sure I had ever seen Ruth in color before when I think about it. I know that I have never seen Lou Gehrig, whom I blogged about last night, in color.