Ray Knight

Ray KnightAs a young player in the Cincinnati organization, Knight was groomed to replace Pete Rose at third base. After the Reds’ star left the team via free agency in 1979, Knight had a career year, hitting .318 with 175 hits and 37 doubles to help lead Cincinnati to a division title, the last of the Big Red Machine era. A few years later, Knight was dealt to Houston for Cesar Cedeno, a coveted center fielder the Reds hoped would thrive on the astroturf and middle of their lineup. Instead, Knight went on to have a solid career, landing with the Mets, who were always seeking a solution at the hot corner. In Game Six of the 1986 World Series his single was instrumental in the historic comeback that sunk the Red Sox. Knight scored the game-winning run after the ball trickled through the legs of Bill Buckner.