25. Gates Brown

Years Active: 1963-1975

Team(s): Tigers

Playing Weight: 220 lbs.

A longtime fan favorite in Detroit, Brown had a middling career by any standard, hitting 84 home runs with a .257 average in 13 seasons. But he did win two World Series with the Tigers (as a player in '68; as a coach in '84), and is the leading man in the greatest hot dog story in baseball history. A great pinch hitter, Brown was called upon to bat during an August game in the Tigers' '68 championship season. Only problem? He'd just picked up two hot dogs from the clubhouse spread. In an effort to hide the dogs from his manager (and, presumably, save them for later), he stuffed them down his jersey. Sadly (for the dogs at least), Brown hit a double but ended up with mustard, ketchup, and smashed hot dogs when he slid into second. Asked why he'd been eating on the bench in the first place, Brown replied: "I was hungry. Besides, where else can you eat a hot dog and have the best seat in the house?"