Tuesday, September 19, 2023

Wood vs. Wood #180

Last time 1962 cruised to a 6-1 victory. Who will win this time?

Simple spring training headshot for Bob Allison. The AL Rookie of the Year in 1959, Allison played his entire 13-year career for the Senators/Twins franchise. A big slugger with low (for the time) batting average and high walk and strikeout totals, his stat line looks more like a 2020s player than a 1960s player. His best season was 1963, when he hit .271 with 35 HR and 91 RBI, leading the AL with 99 runs scored and a .911 OPS. Overall, in 1,541 games he hit .255 with 256 HR and 796 RBI. After his career he was a sales manager for Coca-Cola. He died at the age of 60 in 1995, having battled a rare neurological disorder for years.

Chris Brown looks skyward after a big swing. Long home run or high pop-up? Probably a pop-up judging by the lack of reaction from the SF fans. Chris Brown had a great rookie season in 1985 and was even better in 1986, hitting .317 with 7 HR, 49 RBI and 13 SB. Unfortunately he seriously injured his shoulder that season and was never the same, and after brief stints in San Diego and Detroit, he was finished as a major leaguer in 1989. In 449 games he hit .269 with 38 HR and 184 RBI. After his career he held a variety of jobs, including a truck driver for Halliburton in Iraq for three years. He died in 2006 of burns he suffered in a mysterious fire in a vacant home he owned in Texas.


  1. Voting for Brown.

    Thought Allison's 256 HRs would be enough to get him the win against a slightly better photo. But Brown's a low-level same name and getting assassinated by the CIA to cover up Iraq secrets sealed the deal.

  2. Photos aren't anything great, so it's notable player from the past vs. run-of-the-mill Giant. '62 wins.

  3. Don't love the photo on Allison, so I'll vote for Brown.

  4. Brown's majestic pop-up swing wins for me!

  5. '87. Interesting story about Brown. I would imagine that there's no shortage of theories floating around online.