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It's back to the originator for Big Jim, seen here in his 1992 Upper Deck rookie card. The varsity-style jacket makes him look like a high school kid visiting the big league clubhouse because the assistant equipment manager owed the kid's uncle a favor from when they were in reform school together.

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One of the ways you can judge manager insanity is by how often they have their sluggers lay one down. The managers of the elite sluggers were never all that crazy. In fact, if not for a fateful day in 1994, Thome (seen here in his 1991 Upper Deck rookie card) would have tied the record for fewest career sacrifices by a member of the 500 Home Run Club.

Player HR Sacs
Harmon Killebrew  573 0
Frank Thomas  521 0
Jim Thome 600 1
Manny Ramirez 555 2
Eddie Murray  504 2
Mark McGwire  583 3
Barry Bonds  762 4
Willie McCovey  521 5
Ted Williams  521 5
Ken Griffey  630 8
Gary Sheffield  509 9
Willie Mays  660 13
Reggie Jackson  563 13
Mickey Mantle  536 14
Rafael Palmeiro  569 15
Alex Rodriguez 626 16
Mike Schmidt  548 16
Sammy Sosa  609 17
Frank Robinson  586 17
Hank Aaron  755 21
Eddie Mathews  512 36
Ernie Banks  512 45

Sacrifice figures for Babe Ruth, Mel Ott and Jimmie Foxx are sketchy due to the accounting practices of their time.

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