One of the cogs to those great A’s teams from the late 80s and early 90s, Carney Lansford was one cool guy. He was the complete package: mustache, flip-up sunglasses (whatever happened to those?), high socks, gritty third-baseman who hit for average and even he made a cameo in Angels in the Outfield! And of course, he could play. He won the batting title in 1981 with the Redsox, and then proceeded to play ten years with in Oakland, retiring as an Athletic in 1992. As one of the most beloved A’s of that time period, Lansford won the fans’ hearts by doing the little things. He never struck out (led the league in AB to K ratio in ’89), routinely found himself among the league leaders for sacrifices and led AL third-basemen in fielding percentage four times (’79, ’87, ’88, ’90).
Maybe we just have a soft spot for infielders.
Carney Lansford [Baseball-Reference]