June 23, 2021

Favorite Players: Bo Jackson (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 essays about some of your favorite players and their greatest moments. Next up: Bo Jackson.

On the day Bo Jackson signed with the Kansas City Royals in 1986, he asked to take batting practice before the Royals game at Kauffman Stadium. Longtime scout and former Negro Leagues star Buck O’Neil was among the people gathered around the cage to watch. Buck had already lived a long baseball life. He was 75 years old, and he had seen almost all of the greatest to ever play the game …

“Whoa!” Buck said suddenly. “That sound.”

Bo Jackson had just hit a bomb off the scoreboard way past center field. It was an explosion. “I’ve been here 13 years,” Royals star Frank White would say, “and I’ve never…

Read “Favorite Players: Bo Jackson” at The Athletic