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Right... all indications seem to me that the interesting question is really a race for the #2 slot behind Miggy.
Not active, but Wade Boggs once drank 57 beers on a transcontinental flight.
Harlond Clift is similar to Hart, and despite having the nickname "Darkie", he wasn't black. He was from Oklahoma, so he probably had some Native American blood. He hit 143 of his 178 homers by age 27.
Sad stories in the comment section over at the When the Giants Come to Town blog entry about Jim Ray...estrangement, lack of connection with his family, etc. Try as he might, he just doesn't seem to have been able to let go of that bottle...hoping that he's somehow able to find those phone numbers that were left for him.
Hack's on the all-time drinking team for sure - whether you want to create the team based on great drinkers who could play a little baseball or great baseball players who drank a lot... doesn't matter how you criteria it, hard for me to see how he's not somewhere in the OF.
I bet he was part black but was able to "pass".
According to Bill James in his Historical Baseball Abstract, Clift was given the nickname Darkie by teammate Alan Strange, also a rookie, who thought Clift’s first name was Harlem. The moniker, with its racial overtones, stuck. Also, the rookie was so reluctant to talk that he did not correct anyone who thought his name was Harland rather than Harlond.
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