Speed, strength, power, quickness. Sports are biased in favor of people who possess those attributes — and our sports Halls of Fame are full of these athletic specimens.
But what about our sporting heroes who are slow, short, uncoordinated and ugly? Don't they deserve some recognition, too?
It's time we have a Scrappy Athlete Hall of Fame. Here is the first induction class …

Speed, strength, power, quickness. Sports are biased in favor of people who possess those attributes—and our sports Halls of Fame are full of these athletic specimens. But what about our sporting heroes who are slow, short, uncoordinated and ugly? Don't they deserve some recognition, too?

It's time we have a Scrappy Athlete Hall of Fame. Here is the first induction class …





The lil' fella is the patron saint of this list, the Sultan of Scrap. Just look at him. He's 3'2-. He needs a nine-step running start to shot-put the ball from second to first. He's got a career OPS of .704. When GM offered him a free car for winning the World Series MVP in 2006, he asked for a Little Tykes Cozy Coupe. He is, by darn near anyone's estimation, not particularly good at baseball. Doesn't matter, though. He's got the sort of scrappiness you can build a dream—or at least a lazy, 500-word, newspaper sports column—on. Because if a noodle-armed gnome can somehow win a World Series MVP, truly anything can happen in sports.