Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Defense

Defense and durability is what most Cubs fans will remember about Don Kessinger. He came from the era of shortstops who played great defense but provided little offense. I remember countless times he would range far to his right and in one fluid motion, snare the ground ball and leap and throw from deep in the hole to first base. It was like ballet.
I always liked the photo of this card from the 1966 set.

1 comment:

goldenlegend said...

I agree completely. Don Kessinger was one of the best fielding shortstops of all time. His graceful pirouettes were a baseball ballet. You don't see many who can replicate his technique.

Bill S.
The Golden Age of Baseball Cards Hall of Fame