Ten years ago, on August 11th 1994, baseball
entered its dog days with some of the game’s greatest stories unfolding and its
most cherished records in jeopardy. Two expansion teams were added and
three-division play began as baseball’s best feasted on a thinning talent pool.
Canada was on the verge of seeing its third straight championship, Texas led
its new division despite a record 10 games below .500 and the Yankees were
staring down their first World Series appearance in 13 years, while half the
league fought for the first ever “wild card” spots. Individually, Matt Williams
and Ken Griffey Jr. appeared on pace to challenge Roger Maris’ homerun record,
Chuck Knoblauch was chasing Earl Webb’s single season double total, Cal Ripken
Jr. was ready to break Lou Gehrig’s consecutive games record, Tony Gwynn was flirting
with hitting .400 and Frank Thomas may have been playing better than them all.