On the All-Time Als

Al is short for Allan, Allen, Alan, Albert, Alfred, Alphose, Alfonzo, and Aloysius – but some of the aforementioned never attach to the short form, so this post is about Al.

I have a great long-time friend since our college days named Al, but also a comparatively newer blog friend who is also kind and Al. Al Jarreau, Al Green, Al Dimeola, Al Hirt, and Al Yankovic give us music as Al Capone delivered terror. Al Roker treats us with reports about weather and food, and Al Capp served the world of comics – but there is no reference to anyone named Al Paca.

Politics has placed the spotlight on Al Gore, Al Sharpton, and Al Franken. Meanwhile, different screens served as venues for Al Pacino, Al Bundy, and Al McGuire – but the History Channel does not include a great named Al X Ander. Simply put, this post is about a team competing as the Als of Summer on a baseball diamond.

On first glance, with three hall of famers and numerous all-stars, one would get them in the upper echelon. No way because this team does not have the pitching depth necessary – especially the starting pitching. However, these Als is good enough to be respectable and out-distance the All-Time Randys. Then again, most teams have.

To see the All-Time Randys and other all time teams, see Categories in the right-side sidebar, and then Sports > All-Time Teams or click here.

Ladies and gentlemen, now taking the field, the All-Time Als. (Note: AS=All-Star, HOF = Hall of Fame)

1B – Al Rosen (AS)
2B – Al Dark (AS)
SS – Al Bridwell
3B – Al Smith (AS)
C – Al Lopez (HOF)
OF – Al Kaline (HOF)
OF – Al Simmons (HOF)
OF – Al Oliver (AS)
DH – Al Cowens

SP – Al Leiter (AS)
SP – Al Downing (AS)
SP – Al Benton (AS)
SP – Al Smith (AS)
SP – Al Maul
RP – Al Hrabosky
RP – Al Worthington
RP – Al Holland (AS)
RP – Al Brazle

Bench – Al Bumbry (AS), Al Evans, Al Luplow, Al Martin, and Al Zarilla

Mgr – Al Spalding (HOF)