As documented in Episode 139 of the Baseball Brew Crew Podcast, we selected our 2022 Baseball Brew Crew Diamond Icons.
Out of 32 nominees, and a randomized head-to-head competition, Angelo Trinidad, Kevin Lyon, Cowboy Jack Durango, Ian (from IF Sports Cards), and Michael Mondragon have selected three new inductees.
Congratulations to Pete Rose, Larry Doby, and George Brett for joining the 2nd Class of inductees for these annual awards.
In addition, the 2nd 2022 Baseball Brew Crew Legacy Awards goes to Matt Obbema (aka Matt Sinister) and Gaylord Perry, who both, unfortunately, passed away this year.
Also, the two 2022 Baseball Brew Crew Silver Chugger Awards go to organist Nancy Faust and YouTuber Ian from IF Sports Cards.
Thank you, to the judges, nominees, and winners for a great 2022.
2022 Baseball Brew Crew Diamond Icons
To honor the three top members of the Baseball Brew Crew community that have greatly impacted our year
Pete Rose (2nd Diamond Icon Class, 1st Ballot) – The ‘Hit King’ played outfield and infield for the Cincinnati Reds (1963–1978, 1984–1986), Philadelphia Phillies (1979–1983), and Montreal Expos (1984). And was the manager of the Reds (1984–1989). He was the NL Rookie of the Year (1963), NL MVP (1973), World Series MVP (1975), 17× All-Star, and 3× World Series champion (1975, 1976, 1980). He is the all-time hits leader in Major League Baseball with 4,256. Most talked about moment: Rose also has too many accomplishments to list here and is a constant source of baseball inspiration (Video)
Larry Doby (2nd Diamond Icon Class, 1st Ballot) – Doby is a baseball legend and MLB Hall of Famer, most famous for being the second African-American to play in MLB, and the first in the American League. He was also the second Black manager after Frank Robinson. A star infielder for the Newark Eagles of the Negro National Leagues, he was the first African-American player to play professional basketball in the ABL, a precursor to the NBA. He served in the Navy in WWII and was the first African-American player to hit a home run in World Series play in 1948. Most talked about moments: Everything listed previously in his bio (Video)
George Brett (2nd Diamond Icon Class, 2nd Ballot) – A Hall of Fame player for the Kansas City Royals (1973–1993). He is a 13× All-Star (1976–1988), World Series champion (1985), AL MVP (1980), and 3× AL batting champion (1976, 1980, 1990). Brett’s 3,154 career hits are second-most by any third baseman in major league history and rank 18th all-time. He is one of four players in Major League Baseball history to accumulate 3,000 hits, 300 home runs, and a career .300 batting average. Most talked about moments: The Pine Tar Incident (Video) and this unfortunate incident (Video)
2022 Legacy Award Winners
To honor and remember fallen members of the Baseball Brew Crew community
Matt Obbema aka Matt Sinister (2nd Recipient of the Award) – Matt is our longtime friend, former pro wrestler, and Baseball Brew Crew super supporter. We still affectionately imitate his unique mannerisms and voice to this day. We were all devastated to hear of his passing in July of 2022. Most talked about moments: Joltin’ Joe, Charlie Hustle, and Matt Sinister – Baseball Brew Crew Podcast Ep. 117: (Video)
Gaylord Perry (3rd Recipient of the Award) – A Hall of Fame pitcher for the San Francisco Giants, Cleveland Indians, Texas Rangers, San Diego Padres, New York Yankees, Atlanta Braves, Seattle Mariners, and Kansas City Royals. Perry has a 314–265 Win/Loss record and is a 2× Cy Young Award winner (1972, 1978). He pitched a no-hitter on September 17, 1968. Most talked about moment: Perry was widely considered to use the effective (yet illegal) spitball pitch. His 1974 autobiography was called ‘Me and the Spitter’. He was not ejected for the illegal pitch until August 23, 1982; the 21st season of his career (Video)
2022 Silver Chugger Award Winners
To honor outstanding achievement for the Baseball Brew Crew in the field of entertainment
Nancy Faust (2nd Silver Chugger Award Class) – Nancy Faust became arguably the first sports organist to include pop and rock themes while playing during the games at Comiskey Park from 1970-2010. Many remember that it was Faust, whose arrangement of “Take Me Out To The Ballgame” got Harry Caray so inspired he would bellow the song out loud to himself. Owner Bill Veeck eventually put a public address microphone on Caray, turning him into a cultural icon. Most talked about moment: Nancy created a fantastic video for us as part of our 2-Year Anniversary Extravaganza on April 26, 2022: (Video)
Ian from IF Sports Cards (2nd Silver Chugger Award Class) – Ian, and his wife Nikki, operate a successful YouTube channel that features “Top 10 Sports Cards Pulls of the Week” and “Wife Pack Wars”. They both have been incredible supporters of the Baseball Brew Crew and Ian has filled in as a guest on the podcast many times. Most talked about moments: Ian & Nikki did our Hoppy Hour in November of 2021: (Video)
The Remaining 2022 Baseball Brew Crew Diamond Icons Nominees
Billy Martin (2022 Nominee) – Billy was a player for seven MLB teams and a manager for five MLB teams including the New York Yankees five times. His #1 is retired by the Yankees. He revitalized the Oakland A’s at the start of the 80s in the “Billy Ball” era. And had a publicly famous player/manager feud with Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson in the late-70s. He was also a recognizable television star with appearances on Miller Lite and Pepto Bismol commercials, the first WrestleMania, and an infamous Saturday Night Live cameo. Most talked about moments: George Steinbrenner & Billy Martin Miller Lite Commercial (Video), Pepto Bismol Commercial With Billy Martin and George Steinbrenner (Video), and Billy and Reggie nearly came to blows in the dugout at Fenway Park (Video)
Bob Watson (2021, 2022 Nominee) – A first baseman/left fielder for the Houston Astros (1966–1979), Boston Red Sox (1979), New York Yankees (1980–1982), and Atlanta Braves (1982–1984). Most talked about moments: Watson was credited with scoring the 1,000,000th run in MLB on May 4, 1975, and won $10,000 and one million Tootsie Rolls provided by the event’s sponsor. And he also had a cameo appearance in the 1977 movie ‘The Bad News Bears in Breaking Training’ (Video)
Bobby Valentine (2021, 2022 Nominee) – A utility player for the Los Angeles Dodgers, California Angels, San Diego Padres, New York Mets, and Seattle Mariners. Later a manager for Texas Rangers (1985–1992), Chiba Lotte Marines (1995, 2004–2009), Mets (1996–2002), and Boston Red Sox (2012). Won the Japan Series in 2005. Most talked about moment: Valentine was ejected from a June 9, 1999, 14-inning game and returned to the dugout in a disguise. (Video)
Dave Winfield (2021, 2022 Nominee) – A Hall of Fame player for the San Diego Padres (1973–1980), New York Yankees (1981–1988, 1990), California Angels (1990–1991), Toronto Blue Jays (1992), Minnesota Twins (1993–1994), Cleveland Indians (1995). Most talked about moment: Winfield, unfortunately, killed a bird with a warm-up toss in Toronto on August 4, 1983. But the police treated the incident as if he did it on purpose (Video)
Earl Weaver (2021, 2022 Nominee) – A Hall of Fame manager for the Baltimore Orioles (1968–1982, 1985–1986). In 11 of his 17 seasons, the Orioles won 90 or more games, winning the 1970 World Series against the Cincinnati Reds. Most talked about moment: Weaver was known for his cigarette smoking habit in the dugout and fiery temper with umpires that were often captured on video (Video)
Eddie Gaedel (2021, 2022 Nominee) – Weighing 60 pounds and standing 3 feet 7 inches tall, Eddie Gaedel gained recognition in the second game of a St. Louis Browns doubleheader on August 19, 1951. He made a single plate appearance and was walked with four consecutive balls before being replaced by a pinch-runner. Most talked about moment: Gaedel became the shortest player in the history of Major League Baseball (Video)
Fred Lynn (2021, 2022 Nominee) – A center fielder for the Boston Red Sox (1974–1980), California Angels (1981–1984), Baltimore Orioles (1985–1988), Detroit Tigers (1988–1989), and San Diego Padres (1990). A 9× All-Star (1975–1983), AL MVP (1975), AL Rookie of the Year (1975), ALCS MVP (1982), 4× Gold Glove Award (1975, 1978–1980), and AL batting champion (1979). Most talked about moment: Kevin Lyon (Field Correspondent & Senior Research Analyst of the Baseball Brew Crew) once accidentally bumped Fred’s wife in the head with a bat at an autograph signing (Video)
Hal McRae (2021, 2022 Nominee) – McRae was an outfielder and designated hitter for the Cincinnati Reds (1968, 1970–1972) and Kansas City Royals (1973–1987). The manager for the Royals (1991–1994) and Tampa Bay Devil Rays (2001–2002). A 3× All-Star (1975, 1976, 1982), 2× World Series champion (1985, 2006), and in the Royals Hall of Fame. Most talked about moment: McRae was known as a VERY aggressive baserunner (Video) and an even MORE aggressive manager (Video)
Harry Caray (2021, 2022 Nominee) – A Ford C. Frick Award winner as a broadcaster for the St. Louis Cardinals (1945–1969), St. Louis Browns (1945–1946), Oakland Athletics (1970), Chicago White Sox (1971–1981), and Chicago Cubs (1982–1997). Caray is credited with popularizing the singing of “Take Me Out to the Ballgame” during the seventh-inning stretch of Cubs games at Wrigley Field. Most talked about moments: Caray would often announce the game from the outfield bleachers surrounded by beer cups and fans during his tenure with the White Sox. He also filmed commercials for Budweiser beer as a ‘Cub Fan, and a Bud Man’ (Video)
Joe Niekro (2021, 2022 Nominee) – The younger brother of pitcher Phil Niekro, Joe played for the Chicago Cubs (1967–1969), San Diego Padres (1969), Detroit Tigers (1970–1972), Atlanta Braves (1973–1974), Houston Astros (1975–1985), New York Yankees (1985–1987), and Minnesota Twins (1987–1988). He is the Astros all-time leader in wins (144), walks (818), and wild pitches (128). Most talked about moment: During a game against the California Angels on August 3, 1987, Niekro was caught with an emery board and a piece of sandpaper that flew out of his pocket as he emptied it (Video)
Johnny Bench (2022 Nominee) – Johnny is an MLB Hall of Famer who played for the Cincinnati Reds from 1967 to 1983 and is widely regarded as one of the greatest catchers of all time. He is a 14x All-Star, 2x World Series Champion, 2x NL MVP, World Series MVP, 10x Gold Glove Award Winner, and on the MLB All-Time and All-Century Teams. Johnny was also the host of the Baseball Bunch television series and commercial spokesperson for Krylon paint Most talked about moments: Johnny Bench wishes the Baseball Brew Crew a Happy 2-Year Anniversary (Video), Johnny Bench on the Baseball Bunch (Video), Johnny Bench & Bob Uecker Krylon Commercial (Video), and Johnny Bench sings ‘Oklahoma Morning’ on Hee Haw (Video)
Jose Canseco (2021, 2022 Nominee) – An outfielder / designated hitter for the Oakland Athletics (1985–1992, 1997), Texas Rangers (1992–1994), Boston Red Sox (1995–1996), Toronto Blue Jays (1998), Tampa Bay Devil Rays (1999–2000), New York Yankees (2000), and Chicago White Sox (2001). He is a 6× All-Star, 2× World Series champion (1989, 2000), AL MVP (1988), AL Rookie of the Year (1986), and 2× MLB home run leader (1988, 1991). Most talked about moment: On May 26, 1993, against the Cleveland Indians, a fly ball that Canseco lost sight of as he was crossing the warning track hit him in the head and bounced over the wall for a home run (Video)
Kenny Rogers (2021, 2022 Nominee) – A pitcher for the Texas Rangers (1989–1995, 2000–2002, 2004–2005), New York Yankees (1996–1997), Oakland Athletics (1998–1999), New York Mets (1999), Minnesota Twins (2003), and Detroit Tigers (2006–2008). A 4× All-Star (1995, 2004–2006), World Series champion (1996), and pitched a perfect game on July 28, 1994. Most talked about moment: His unprovoked attack of cameramen during pre-game warmups (Video)
Kevin Youkilis (2021, 2022 Nominee) – The ‘Greek God of Walks’ was first and third baseman for the Boston Red Sox (2004–2012), Chicago White Sox (2012), New York Yankees (2013), and Tohoku Rakuten Golden Eagles (2014). Youkilis is a 3× All-Star (2008, 2009, 2011), World Series champion (2007), Gold Glove Award (2007), AL Hank Aaron Award (2008), and in the Red Sox Hall of Fame. Most talked about moment: Youkilis transitioned after retirement to owning a craft beer brewery called Loma Brewing Company in Los Gatos, California (Video)
Lars Nootbaar (2021, 2022 Nominee) – Nootbaar is a rookie outfielder for the St. Louis Cardinals. He was a three-year starter for the USC Trojans and was named the 2018 All-Pac-12 Conference as a sophomore after hitting .313 with 34 RBIs, 33 runs scored, and seven home runs. Most talked about moment: As documented in Ep. 55 of the Baseball Brew Crew Podcast, Angelo Trinidad (VP of Content Development) saw Lars play in Triple-A for the Memphis Redbirds against the Nashville Sounds on May 14th, 2021. Lars went from a heel to babyface in the course of a few innings (Video)
Lou Piniella (2021, 2022 Nominee) – ‘Sweet Lou’ was a left fielder for the Baltimore Orioles (1964), Cleveland Indians (1968), Kansas City Royals (1969–1973), and New York Yankees (1974–1984). Piniella was manager of the Yankees (1986–1987, 1988), Cincinnati Reds (1990–1992), Seattle Mariners (1993–2002), Tampa Bay Devil Rays (2003–2005), and Chicago Cubs (2007–2010). He was the AL Rookie of the Year (1969), 3× World Series champion (1977, 1978, 1990), and 3× Manager of the Year (1995, 2001, 2008). Most talked about moment: Like Hal McRae and Earl Weaver, Piniella has a fiery temper and a short fuse with umpires (Video)
Mal Fichman (2021, 2022 Nominee) – A minor league baseball manager notable for leading multiple championship teams in the Frontier League in the mid-to-late 1990s. Most talked about moment: On June 29, 1989, the Boise Hawks’ manager is suspended for one game for returning to the field after being ejected in the sixth inning disguised as the team’s mascot Humphrey the Hawk. The impostor gave instructions to his team for the remainder of the Northwest League contest against Salem (Story)
Morganna (2021, 2022 Nominee) – Morganna the Kissing Bandit was an entertainer who disrupted sporting events from 1970 through the 1990s. She famously rushed the field on many occasions and kissed players from Major League Baseball, the NBA, and even the NHL. Most talked about moment: Morganna has too many great moments to list here. Suffice to say, she is a legend (Video)
Ozzie Smith (2021, 2022 Nominee) – ‘The Wizard’ is a Hall of Fame shortstop for the San Diego Padres (1978–1981) and the St. Louis Cardinals (1982–1996). A 15× All-Star (1981–1992, 1994–1996), World Series champion (1982), NLCS MVP (1985), and a 13× Gold Glove Award winner (1980–1992). Most talked about moments: Ozzie was a part of the Baseball Brew Crew One Year Anniversary Gala and was a regular on The Baseball Bunch (Video)
Phil Niekro (2021, 2022 Nominee) – ‘Knucksie’ pitched for the Milwaukee/Atlanta Braves (1964–1983, 1987), New York Yankees (1984–1985), Cleveland Indians (1986–1987), and Toronto Blue Jays (1987). Niekro and his younger brother Joe amassed 539 wins between them (the most combined wins by brothers in baseball history). Phil’s 121 career victories after the age of 40 is an MLB record. He is a 5× All-Star (1969, 1975, 1978, 1982, 1984) and pitched a no-hitter against the San Diego Padres on August 5, 1973. Most talked about moment: An inspiration to all of us old guys with his knuckleball and upbeat personality (Video)
Phillip Wellman (2021, 2022 Nominee) – Wellman is the current manager of the San Antonio Missions, a Double-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres. He has also managed the Winston-Salem Warthogs (1996), Burlington Bees (1997–1998), Chattanooga Lookouts (1999, 2001–2003), Mississippi Braves (2007–2010), Arkansas Travelers (2014), and the Amarillo Sod Poodles (2019–2020). Most talked about moment: On May 26, 2016, in a game against the Northwest Arkansas Naturals, he was ejected after protesting a runner called out. The aftermath became an instant classic (Video)
Randy Johnson (2021, 2022 Nominee) – ‘The Big Unit’ is a Hall of Fame pitcher for the Montreal Expos (1988–1989), Seattle Mariners (1989–1998), Houston Astros (1998), Arizona Diamondbacks (1999–2004), New York Yankees (2005–2006), Arizona Diamondbacks (2007–2008), and the San Francisco Giants (2009). He is a 10× All-Star, pitched a no-hitter on June 2, 1990, and pitched a perfect game on May 18, 2004. Most talked about moment: In a freak accident on March 24, 2001, during the 7th inning of a spring training game against the San Francisco Giants, Johnson threw a fastball that struck a dove (Video)
Rollie Fingers (2021, 2022 Nominee) – Rollie was a Hall of Fame pitcher for the Oakland Athletics (1968–1976), San Diego Padres (1977–1980), and Milwaukee Brewers (1981–1982, 1984–1985). Known for his neatly groomed handlebar mustache, Rollie finished his career with a 114–118 Win/Loss record, 1,299 strikeouts, and 341 saves. He is a 7× All-Star, 3× World Series champion, AL MVP (1981), and AL Cy Young Award (1981). Most talked about moment: Rollie was a part of the Baseball Brew Crew One Year Anniversary Gala (Video)
San Diego Chicken (2021, 2022 Nominee) – The San Diego Chicken is a sports mascot played by Ted Giannoulas. He is also known as The Famous Chicken, the KGB Chicken, or just The Chicken. The success of the Chicken helped lead to mascots becoming widespread throughout pro sports, particularly Major League Baseball. Most talked about moment: The Chicken appeared at WrestleMania XV and WrestleMania 2000. The costume was worn by Pete Rose at WrestleMania XV, during which he was given the Tombstone Pile Driver by Kane. He was also a standout character on the Baseball Bunch and many sporting events (Video)
Tommy Lasorda (2022 Nominee) – Tommy is a 2x World Series Champion manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, Olympic Baseball Gold Medalist, and MLB Hall of Famer. He was also the ‘The Dugout Wizard’ on The Baseball Bunch and Slim-Fast spokesman. Most talked about moments: Lasorda has enough with the Philly Phanatic (Video), Lasorda gets Youppi! tossed from the game (Video), Tommy Lasorda meltdown about Kurt Bevacqua (Video), Tommy Lasorda on Dave Kingman (Video), and Tommy Lasorda is disgusted by PSY performance at Dodger Stadium (Video)
Tsuyoshi Shinjo (2021, 2022 Nominee) – Was an outfielder for the Hanshin Tigers (1991–2000), New York Mets (2001), San Francisco Giants (2002), New York Mets (2003), and Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters (2004–2006). Shinjo is the second Japanese-born position player to play a Major League Baseball (and the first in the National League) game and was the first Japanese-born player to appear in the World Series. Most talked about moment: In 2022, the flamboyant Japanese celebrity, model, and clothing mogul nicknamed BIGBOSS (ビッグボス, Biggubosu) managed the Hokkaido Nippon-Ham Fighters to a 59-81-3 last-place finish in the Pacific League of Nippon Professional Baseball (Video)
Wally Backman (2021, 2022 Nominee) – Wally was an infielder for the New York Mets (1980–1988), Minnesota Twins (1989), Pittsburgh Pirates (1990), Philadelphia Phillies (1991–1992), and Seattle Mariners (1993). He managed the Binghamton Mets, Las Vegas 51s, Buffalo Bisons, Acereros de Monclova, Brooklyn Cyclones, New Britain Bees, and Long Island Ducks. Most talked about moment: As manager of the South Georgia Peanuts he had this very Earl Weaver-ish meltdown caught immortalized on the TV series ‘Playing for Peanuts’ (Video)
Wade Boggs (2021, 2022 Nominee) – ‘The Chicken Man’ is a Hall of Fame third baseman for the Boston Red Sox (1982–1992), New York Yankees (1993–1997), and Tampa Bay Devil Rays (1998–1999). A 12× All-Star (1985–1996) and 5× AL batting champion (1983, 1985–1988) retired with a .328 batting average with 3,010 hits, 118 home runs, and 1,014 RBIs. Most talked about moment: Boggs is rumored to have once consumed 107 beers on a cross-country flight. This was featured in an episode of ‘It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia’ in which Boggs had a cameo role (Video)
Alex Rodriguez (2021, 2022 Nominee) – ‘A-Rod’ was a shortstop/third baseman for the Seattle Mariners (1994–2000), Texas Rangers (2001–2003), and New York Yankees (2004–2013, 2015–2016). He was a 14× All-Star, World Series champion, 3× AL MVP, 2× Gold Glove Award, 10× Silver Slugger Award, 4× AL Hank Aaron Award, MLB batting champion, and a 5× AL home run leader. He ended with a .295 batting average, 3,115 hits, 2,086 RBIs, and 696 home runs (4th all-time). Most talked about moment: Alex is often a punchline on the Baseball Brew Crew Podcast for his questionable photoshoots (Link)