Jumpy Geathers makes Page 2's All-Leap Year Team

Sat, Feb 25

Every four years, March Madness gets delayed by a day as we celebrate the celestial anomaly of Feb. 29. All these guys are leapers, but don't pull a hamstring as you peruse Page 2's All-Leap Year Team.

Billy Cunningham: Back when everybody had a nickname, the North Carolina Tar Heel had one of the best: The Kangaroo Kid. His exceptional jumping ability led to 40 straight double-doubles in his college days and to a long and distinguished NBA career in the 1960s and 1970s that was honored with Hall of Fame induction in 1996.

Jumpy Geathers: James Allen Geathers, who played for four NFL teams between 1984-96, was known for his quick release off the ball rather than for a propensity to commit 5-yard offside penalties. His favorite move involved getting the opponent off the ground. He called it "The Forklift," and he used it to take offensive linemen into the backfield and unwittingly serve as an extra source of agitation for the quarterback.

Dave Leiper: You'd have needed a leap of faith to think this guy would get back in the majors after a four-year, mid-career absence, but the lefty reliever reinvented himself in 1994 and, in his second career, became the definitive short man out of the bullpen. He had more appearances than innings in his final three campaigns. And he played for more teams than the number of years that second half lasted -- he did tours with the A's, Blue Jays, Expos and Phillies between 1994-96.

Al Rosen: Only 10 MLB players have been born on Feb. 29, and Rosen is arguably the best of them. Some might argue for Pepper Martin, but Rosen's nickname was Flip, which is similar to leaping, and Martin was known as the Wild Horse of the Osage. Tiebreaker to Rosen, a four-time All-Star.

Frog Smith: History fails us in ascertaining Frog's real name, but we do know he had one year of obscurity in the minors, hit better than .300 and was never heard from again. This means we can't claim he went leaping from one town to the next.