Rick Reuschel was an underrated pitcher. He had a career that stacks up well against some lower-level Hall of Famers and several borderline Hall of Famers.
But he’s largely forgotten for several reasons. People also don’t remember him as being the man who served up one of the most famous home runs in the history of the All-Star Game.
Leading off for the American League in the 1989 All-Star Game, the running back for the Los Angeles Raiders hit a low fastball to deep center field.
Ok, let’s stop talking about it and see it. Here’s Bo Jackson:
The homer was part of an MVP-winning performance for Jackson, the Kansas City Royals’ left fielder. In the top of the first he made a nice running catch to stop a National League rally. Later in the game he stole second base. The AL won the game, 5-3.
Oh yes, and later that fall Jackson ran for 950 yards and four touchdowns for the Raiders. That was good for 5.4 yards per carry and he had a 92-yard run that season for the black-and-silver.