The 1974 Rookie of the Year, Mike Hargrove played twelve years as a big league first baseman and designated hitter. Boasting a .396 career on-base percentage, Hargrove led the AL in the category in 1981 (.424) and posted four 100-walk seasons. Nicknamed “The Human Rain Delay” because of his routine between each at bat and pitch, Hargrove was popular with the fans.
Hargrove went on to manage 16 years for three different clubs. While at the helm of the Indians, Hargrove pushed the Tribe to five division titles and two World Series appearances.
It was in command of the Orioles that he signed this lineup card from April 25, 2000. The game was notable because of Hargrove’s third baseman, Cal Ripken Jr.
Only 11,658 fans were there as Baltimore battled the White Sox in Chicago. Ripken’s line drive single to right in the top of the third inning was the 3,008th hit of his career. With that he passed Tiger legend Al Kaline on the all-time hits list.