Re: All-Time Cincinnati Reds Team
Look at Vada Pinson Jr's. stats as a Red. Then look at Ken Griffey Jr's. as a Red. Pinson didn't have the power numbers that Griffey has but other than the young Willie Mays in Center, Give me the 10 straight years of Vada rarely missing a game, a gold love winner despite playing at the same time as numerous other gold glovers of that era. Griffey in hs Seattle days couldn't touch the speed of Vada Pinson. Pinson ran hard, played hard, played smart and played hurt. That's my kind of centerfielder right there. Not too mention the heroics of Eddie Roush! That man was fast in the baggy pants - deadball era of the early 1900's.
Now if the story was about players at their best and not a Red at the time, well ok, I would take Griffey's 1st ten years in Seattle over Pinson's ten in Cincinnati but not by as much as you might think. Pinson was a player that to appreciate him you had to watch him as often as possible. Same goes for Davey Concepcion and Barry Larkin. All three should be Ma.L. Hall of Famers when you consider who is already there.
Vada Pinson Fan