June 23, 2021

Favorite Players: Duane Kuiper (The Athletic)

With the baseball’s Opening Day delayed and all of sports on hiatus, we thought it would be a good idea to spread out the Baseball 100 essays. Going forward, the countdown will appear Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. And on off days, we will feature short baseball essays about some of your favorite players and their greatest moments. Let’s begin with my favorite player, Duane Kuiper.

Duane Kuiper would be my baseball hero even if he had two home runs. Or three. Or zero. He has become known for hitting exactly one home run — and for his joyous announcing for the Giants — but I fell for Kuip before he hit that dinger in 1977, before he became a baseball icon, before he had his own bobblehead day in San Francisco even as his bobblehead wore an old beet-red Cleveland uniform, the same beet-red uniform he was wearing when he hit that single and singular homer off Steve Stone when I was 10 years old.

Here is a happy thought about baseball in a time when, perhaps, we…

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