Thursday, March 6, 2014

#170 David Justice

About the Front: That is a mighty awkward running style David Justice has. Is he trying to do the Tomahawk Chop around the bases?

About the Back: Justice nearly doubled his home run total in 1993, finishing with 40 and driving in 120 runs in his first All-Star season.

Triple Play:

1. In Game Six of the 1995 World Series, his sixth-inning solo home run off of Cleveland's Jim Poole provided the only scoring in a Series-clinching 1-0 Atlanta victory.

2. Injuries limited Justice to 14 seasons, and he topped 146 games played only once (1993, 157 games). But he was still productive in later years with the Indians, Yankees, and Athletics, mixing in some DH duty. He retired with 305 home runs, 1,017 RBI, and a 129 OPS+.

3. He was inducted into the Atlanta Braves Hall of Fame on August 17, 2007.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: Justice seemed like one of the coolest players of his generation by dint of that 40-homer season, his spot with the perennially-contending Braves, and of course his ill-fated marriage to actress Halle Berry.

Bill James Said: "Fifth player in history to hit 40 homers with 15 or fewer doubles." Indeed, that was David's lowest doubles total in any full season of his career.

On This Date in 1993: March 6. Whitney Houston's single "I Will Always Love You" tops the United States charts for a 14th straight week, becoming the longest-running number one single of all time.

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