In the epic battle that is cake vs. pie, I’m relatively certain we’ve all already chosen our sides, dug in our heels, and prepared to kill our own brother if necessary. Personally, I’m a cake guy because, like the estimable Paul F. Tompkins, frosting makes all the difference to me. And I never much liked my brother anyway.
This debate has largely been left to arena of actual desserts, however, and we have not delved into the quandary that is Cake vs. Pie, Baseball Edition! Choose your sides carefully:
Nickname origin: Ate pancakes for breakfast every day he pitched.
Position: Starting Pitcher
Hall of Fame: 1990
Relevant stats: 268-152, 2.86 ERA, 3.50 FIP, 2212 Ks, 51.5 WAR
“Someone once asked me if I had any physical incapacities of my own. ‘Sure I do,’ I said. ‘One big one – Jim Palmer.” – Earl Weaver
“Cakes has won 242 games, but it took a picture of him standing in his underwear to get nationally known.” – Mike Flanagan
X-Factor: We’re apparently talking about more than one cake here.
Nickname origin: “After sandlot baseball games when the other youngsters would ask for ice cream as a treat from the parish priest, I would ask for pie.”
Position: Third Base
Hall of Fame: 1948
Relevant stats: .320/.362/.435, 58 HR, 2416 Hits, wOBA .366, WAR 37.4
“Traynor had feet like violin cases.” – Ed Barrow
“He was a mechanically perfect third baseman, a man of intellectual worth on the field of play.” – Branch Rickey
X-Factor: Never learned to drive a car. I’m not sure why that matters, but it feels like it should.
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