Camelback Ranch – Glendale, Arizona, by Roger Sobin
At Camelback Ranch, out beyond centerfield leading to the minor league section, is a walkway along a waterway. On each side of the waterway are 10 squares that will hold a statue of former players from each the Dodgers and White Sox. Ten from each team. Gee, which players will make the cut?
All players or in some cases managers or owners as well? Below I have made a list of each team and their Hall of Fame players that played a significant amount of time with their team (Dodgers, White Sox). Yes, there are some players that had great careers and might make the Hall of Fame in the future. There are other players who are important but not Hall of Fame career material and so forth.
Many of these are players better known today like Fernando Valenzuela, Steve Garvey, Ron Cey, Orel Hershier, Frank Thomas, and of course Shoeless Joe Jackson of the Chicago “Black” Sox.
Here is a list of Hall of Fame players, and the years they played for their team (not total career years in some cases).
Dodger Hall of Fame players to consider:
- Jackie Robinson 1947-1956
- Roy Campanella 1948-1957
- Duke Snider 1947-1962
- Don Sutton 1966-1980, 1988
- Dazzy Vance 1922-1932, 1935
- Zack Wheat 1909-1926
- Don Drysdale 1956-1969
- Koufax 1955-1956
- Pee Wee Reese 1940-1942, 1946-1958
White Sox Hall of Fame players to consider:
- Luis Aparicio 1956-1962, 1968-1970
- Luke Appling 1930-1950
- Eddie Collins 1915-1926
- Red Faber 1914-1933
- Carlton Fisk 1981-1993
- Nellie Fox 1950-1963
- Ray Schalk 1912-1928
- Ed Walsh 1904-1916
If you do not know some of these players and what they did to make the Hall of Fame, you might want to look up their stats on the web. Here is an example: Eddie Collins of the White Sox, 2nd base. Life time batting average was .333 with 3,315 hits, 744 stolen bases, AL MVP in 1914 – impressive.
Maybe they will place two players in each square making it a total of 20 on each side. Think about it – who would you place in the 10 spots for both teams? Which players of the Dodgers and White Sox make your cut? Fans will come, look at the statues, talk with other fans about those players/owners/managers. Suggest other names. Have their picture taken next to some of the statues. Who makes your cut???