In my lifetime — that’s officially 40 years this October — there are three left-handed hitters I’ve enjoyed watching more than all others. One may have the purest left-handed swing of all-time, while the other two were nightmares for pitchers.
Since Tuesday is officially known as National Left-Handed Day, we need to celebrate the gifts left-handers have given us — long home runs, strikeouts and righty-lefty matchups.
The three lefties I wish I could see hit day in, day out are Ken Griffey Jr., Tony Gwynn and Joe Morgan. Griffey’s swing simply was pure. Gwynn knew how to hit better than anyone, maybe even better than Ted Williams. And Morgan’s chicken-wing batting stance may be the most distinctive stance of any batter in any era.
Still, there’s a lefty who hit better than them all. He did so with power and grace. He also won more than 20 games twice as a pitcher and deserves the tag as the greatest player to ever play the game.
The greatest lefty in baseball history? That’s easy. Let me give you George Herman Ruth.
Agree? Disagree? Let me know what you think and who would top your list of the best lefties of all-time.