Sunday, 1 July 2018

95 - Doug Drabek

Front photo: Happy about something.

Back photo: Pitching at Wrigley.

Better photo?: While the ivy doesn't look to be out in full force, I have to vote for the Wrigley photo.

Ties to my personal collections: Not directly, but his son Kyle would play for the Jays at one point.

Paragraphs in wikipedia entry: 8. Seems low.

Wiki-facts: "He is the pitching coach for the Double A Jackson Generals."

Google it: Punked!
How was his strike shortened 1994? 12-6 with an ERA of 2.84. Was an all-star.

Birthday boy: July 25, 1962. Longtime Indianapolis Colts kicker Dean Biasucci shares a birthday with Drabek.

Up Next: Scott Erickson

Saturday, 23 June 2018

94 - Gary Di Sarcina

Front photo: An easy throw to second base.

Back photo: Holding the mask.

Better photo?: I'm really wondering why he's got the mask, but none of the other catcher's gear. The puzzling back photo gets my vote, especially since I don't think he ever actually caught a MLB game.

Ties to my personal collections: Current bench coach for the Mets.

Paragraphs in wikipedia entry: 12

Wiki-facts: "A DiSarcina fly ball was caught by Texas Ranger Rusty Greer for the final out of Kenny Rogers' perfect game on July 28, 1994."

Google it: "I’ve learned real quickly in this game as a staff member, never doubt somebody when they say they’re injured."

How was his strike shortened 1994? .260 BA with 3 Hr and 33 RBI over 421 AB.

Birthday boy: November 19, 1967. Not too much in the sporting world, but CNN journalist Randi Kaye was born that date. TVB, the first wireless TV station in Hong Kong, also hit the air that day.

Up Next: Doug Drabek

Friday, 1 June 2018

93 - Rob Dibble

Front photo: The wind-up.

Back photo: And the pitch.

Better photo?: The angle for the photo on the front seems odd. Odd is good.

Ties to my personal collections: None.

Paragraphs in wikipedia entry: 14

Wiki-facts: "Dibble is one of 41 pitchers in Major League history to accomplish the nine-pitch/three-strikeout half-inning, a feat known as an immaculate inning."

Google it: The first video that comes up has him fighting in the clubhouse w/ Lou Piniella.
How was his strike shortened 1994? Did not pitch due to surgery.

Birthday boy: January 24, 1964. He shares it with former NFL running back Timmy Smith, who still has the record for most rushing yards in a Super Bowl with 204.

Up Next: Gary Di Sarcina (And yes, on the actual card it is spelled that way)

Wednesday, 16 May 2018

92 - Delino DeShields

Front photo: Looking casual.

Back photo: Sliding into third, or back to first, safely.

Better photo?: When in doubt, take the more Collector's Choice-ish one of the two. The front.

Ties to my personal collections:  An Expo.

Paragraphs in wikipedia entry: 8 (not counting the list of Highlights)

Wiki-facts: "nicknamed "Bop""

Google it: If you search "Delino DeShields", without specifying Sr or Jr, only 2 of the first 10 results give you this DeShields.

How was his strike shortened 1994? He was traded to Los Angeles (for some guy named Pedro Martinez) and batted .250 with 2 HR and 33 RBI.

Birthday boy: January 15, 1969. A couple former NFLers, Leonard Wheeler and Chris Thome were also born on 1/15/69, along with NHLer Adam Burt.

The Soviet Union launched Soyuz 5 on that date as well.

Up Next: Rob Dibble

Monday, 23 April 2018

91 - Jim DeShaies

Front photo: Pitching.

Back photo: Jogging? Standing still?

Better photo?: A bland draw.

Silver Sig Parallel:
Ties to my personal collections:  None.

Paragraphs in wikipedia entry: 9.

Wiki-facts: "In 2001, Deshaies ran a tongue-in-cheek campaign urging Baseball Writers Association of America voters to elect him to the Baseball Hall of Fame, even though he knew that he was not qualified for the honor. His goal was to get one vote in the Hall of Fame election, which succeeded when Houston Chronicle writer John Lopez voted for him."

Google it: Watch him start a game with 8 straight strike outs:
How was his stike shortened 1994? 6-12 with a 7.39 ERA with the Twins. Lead the league in ERA and HR allowed. Ouch. But, he also lead the league with 25 starts with the Twins.

Birthday boy: June 23, 1960. Another former MLBer, John Rabb, was also born that day. Doug Rogers, who bounced around the NFL in the early/mid 90s, also claims that day. Finally, on 6/23/1960, Enovid, the first oral contraceptive (aka: the Pill) hit the market. That's quite a contrast to this section of the recap.

Up Next: 92 - Delino DeShields

Monday, 12 March 2018

90 - Rob Deer

Front photo: Standing there.

Back photo: Diving.

Better photo?: Considering he was more known for his slugging capabilities, the second photo is better. Since they both appear to be from the same game, due to the outfield wall, there's chance that this, like the previous card are both from the same sequence.

Ties to my personal collections:  None.

Paragraphs in wikipedia entry: 6

Wiki-facts: "Deer held the American League record for strikeouts in a season (186 strikeouts in 1987) until being passed by Jack Cust in 2008"

Google it: Has a baseball camp.

How was his stike shortened 1994? Played with the Hanshin Tigers.

Birthday boy: September 29, 1960. Also born that date was John Paxson, who picked up a trio of NBA Championships in the early 90s with the Bulls. The world of wrestling can claim David Sammartino.

Up Next: 91 - Jim Deshaies

Sunday, 4 February 2018

89 - Darry Darwin

Front photo: The wind-up.

Back photo: The pitch.

Better photo?: Pretty much a draw, but if the back photo is a continuation of the first, that's a pretty cool draw.

Ties to my personal collections: Future Toronto Blue Jay for part of the 1995 season.

Paragraphs in wikipedia entry: 16

Wiki-facts: "Darwin was nicknamed "Doctor Death" by Houston Astros teammate Nolan Ryan because of how tough Darwin was and all the fights he had purportedly won."

Google it: His jersey was retired by his high school in Bonham, TX.

How was his stike shortened 1994? A respectable 7-5, but with a 6.30 ERA.

Birthday boy: October 25, 1955. He shares that baseball birthday with 9-season MLBer Tommy Boggs. Around the sporting world, NHLer Terry Martin and the awesomely nicknamed Dirt (Dennis) Winston from the NFL were also born that date. Also laying claim to 10/25/55 are trombonist Robin Eubanks and actress Glynis Barber.

Up Next: 90 - Rob Deer