If there was ever a list of players that pitchers wouldn't want to see charging the mound, outfielder Dave Winfield would definitely be on it. The 6-6 Hall of Famer was a ridiculous athlete -- people forget he was drafted to play in the NBA and NFL, too -- who could definitely hold his own in a scrap. Back in 1980, Cubs hurler Mike Krukow plunked Winfield in the hand with a truly dangerous pitch. Though he went down in a heap, Winfield popped right back up and made his way to the bump to confront Krukow. However, Chicago catcher Barry Foote wasn't going to let a brawl unfold as he came up from behind and aggressively tackled Winfield onto the mound.
The benches predictably cleared but no punches were thrown. As much as fans might have loved to see a free-for-all, Foote deserves massive credit here. After all, not every catcher was brave enough (or able to) prevent Winfield from attacking an opposing pitcher.
Let's take it back to when Winny nearly knocked out Nolan Ryan with a monstrous right hook after a high-and-inside fastball forced him off the plate.
Like we said: Foote is a hero.