Second Base – Bill Mazeroski
The man known as “Maz” is forever cemented in the annals of baseball history due to the 1960 World Series. In the 1960 Fall Classic, Mazeroski sent Pittsburgh into euphoria with a walk-off home run in game seven. This completed the Pirates shocking upset of the heavily favored New York Yankees, and to this day it still the only walk-off home run in World Series Game Seven history. In the opinions of many, this is the greatest home run in baseball history. Including Fox Sports who ranked it the greatest home run in baseball history.
Besides his historic home run, what else do you know about Bill Mazeroski? Well, I’ll tell you as far as second basemen go he was one of the best to do it defensively.
With 2,094 games at second base, he ranks 7th in putouts for second basemen with 4,974, 5th in assists with 6,685, and 1st in double plays turned with 1,706. In his 17-year MLB career, Maz totaled eight Gold Glove Awards, ten All-Star appearances, he was a two-time World Series Champion with the Pirates, and he won the Major League Player of the Year in 1960. His bat wasn’t the best, but he batted a respectable .260 at the plate and will go down as one of the best second basemen in Pirate history.