10. Billy Olsen: Living legend. Was hearing about this guy’s dominance when he pitched against my brother Roy Marks in the early 60’s. Said to might be the best Crab Pitcher ever.
Scarpellino: I witnessed some monstrous Home Runs by Barry while playing for
the Crabs. Over the Highway sign and out onto the Highway and over the Highway
down the left field line.
8. Scott Eskra: Anyone
who comes from Humboldt and does really well in SEC for Ole Miss is a step
above others. Left way to early in life. RIP.
7. Greg Shanahan: Wish
he would have played for the Giants instead of the stinking Dodgers! Been a great baseball ambassador to Humboldt County High School players for years.
6. Randy Niemann: Had
a decent pro career. That is saying a
lot! Not too many players from Humboldt have stuck around in the pros this long!
5. Rick Lundblade: Dominated
the Pac division in 1985. Batted over .400 and led the league in almost all categories with Barry Bonds in the league. I wish he had more chances at the minor league level to reach the big leagues. But Stanford Grad with law degree? Not too shabby.
4. Dane Iorg: Dane
had some great playoff experience and won a world series.
3. Garth Iorg: Had great long career and is now a base coach with the Brewers. Life is good for the Iorg's. Lee Iorg must be ready for the Humboldt Senior League! Give me a call Lee!
2. John Jaso: More home runs and RBI's than any players from Humboldt. First player to hit for cycle at PNC park. Caught 23rd perfect game in Major league history by Felix Hernandez. This should leave him as the best ever.....right?
1. Joe Oeschger: Once
pitched 21 innings in a game. Was a 20 game winner one year. 3.81 ERA. 535 K’s. Early 1900’s though. It does kinda matter to
me since players of color weren’t allowed.
Others considered: Steve Van Deren, Gary Young, Gary Wilson, Sam Dugan, Ned Yost, David Stone, "Bookie" Harrington, Layfayette Henion, Eddie Kearse, Bill Kentworthy and Roy Partee.
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