Random Rivalries: Brian Harper & Lonnie Smith

1992 Donruss #517 Lonnie Smith Front VS 1992 Stadium Club #296 Brian Harper Front

Why we like them: When you think about the most violent home plate collisions ever, this is the one should immediately come to mind. You could feel it through the television. In Game 4 of the 1991 World Series, Terry Pendleton hit a drive over the head of Twins centerfielder Kirby Puckett, which gave Smith reason to think he could score from second after watching it drop. The relay was whipped to the plate, and the ball and Harper were waiting. Smith barreled into the catcher, and Harper somehow held on for the out. It rattled the teeth just to watch it. Minnesota held on to win the game 3-2. (The collision also made for one of the coolest baseball cards of the 1990s, as you see below)

1992 Stadium Club #282 Lonnie Smith Front

Harper enjoyed a 16-year career as a .295 hitter. Smith played for 17 years and batted .288. Smith and Harper were even teammates on the 1985 Cardinals before Smith was traded to the eventual champion Kansas City Royals that season. Who did the Royals beat in the Series? You guessed it. Harper's Cardinals.

Ladies and gentlemen, Lonnie Smith and Brian Harper, ballplayers.

1 comment:

  1. I came across this post after watching the play on DVD from Game 4. I find it funny that both Smith's and Harper's cards are from the same inning of the same Game 4...Harper is shown diving back to tag out Terry Pendleton on an almost-wild pitch for the second out of the inning. Thanks for the post.