Wednesday, 24 August 2016

62 - Daryl Boston

62 - Daryl Boston

Front photo: Swinging.

Back photo: Tracking down a pop-up, with a mysterious teammate losing his cap.

Better photo?: Not really a 1981 John Pacella, but I gotta go with the back image.

Ties to my personal collections: Former Met. Younger brother DJ was a former Blue Jays farmhand.

Paragraphs in wikipedia entry: 5

Wiki-facts: "In 2013, White Sox manager Robin Ventura named Boston the team's first base coach." He's still there.

Google it: The first page contains an article about how he, Vince Coleman and Dwight Gooden avoided rape charges in 1992. Charming. That isn't in his wiki article.

How was his stike shortened 1994? He spent it with the Yankees, hitting 4 HR and 14 RBI with a sub-Mendoza BA of .182. His last MLB season was 1994.

Birthday boy: January 4, 1963. He was the only MLBer born that date. In fact, no alum of the major 4 teams sports was born that date. However, he does share the birthdate with Kids in the Hall/Newsradio's Dave Foley.

Up Next: Ryan Bowen

Sunday, 14 August 2016

61 - Mike Bordick

61 - Mike Bordick

Front photo: Diving to make a stop.

Back photo: Looks like some random Twin is about to get tagged out on his leg.

Better photo?: Nice action shot with nice usage of a horizontal design gives it to the front.

Ties to my personal collections: Played for both my favourite teams, with stops with the Mets and Jays. Pretty much the definition of a rent-a-player as a Met, as he was traded to the Mets after an injury to Rey Ordonez, and was back with Baltimore for next season.

Paragraphs in wikipedia entry: 5

Wiki-facts: "Bordick starred for the Hampden Academy Broncos and now the High School field is named in his honor."

Google it: The first pitch he saw at Shea was hit for a home run.



How was his stike shortened 1994? Batter .254 with 2 HR and 37 RBI.

Birthday boy: July 21, 1965. Mike is the only MLB-er born that date. In the NFL, Louis Berry, who punted for two games with the 1987 Falcons was born that date. No NHLers or NBAers were 7/21/65 babies. GuĂ°ni Bergsson, an Icelandic soccer player turned lawyer, is a 7/21/1965 baby. Although 7 years apart, Mike's former teammate, the late Dave Henderson, was born on 7/21/1958.

Up Next: Daryl Boston

Wednesday, 3 August 2016

60 - Pat Borders

60 - Pat Borders

Front photo: Sitting on his arse.

Back photo: A rare defensive photo featuring the catcher.

Better photo?: The first photo just seems odd and unflattering. It doesn't look like a post-slide photo. It seems like it is post-brushback pitch instead. Strange. Back photo for the win.

Ties to my personal collections: He's a Blue Jay. I also have a Team USA relic of him.

Paragraphs in wikipedia entry: 9

Wiki-facts: "Borders is one of only four players to have won both a World Series championship and an Olympic gold medal, along with Doug Mientkiewicz and Cuban players Orlando Hernandez and Jose Contreras."

Google it: In a 2011 post, bluebirdbanter.com listed Pat as #54 on the list of 55 greatest Jays of all time.

How was his stike shortened 1994? 3 HR and 26 RBI with a .247 average over 85 games.

Birthday boy: May 14, 1963. Former Mets farmhand Shawn Barton was born that date. Also, NFLers Kevin Lilly and Bob Beemer. In news, Kuwait joined the United Nations.

Up Next: #61 - Mike Bordick

Tuesday, 19 July 2016

59 - Bret Boone

59 - Bret Boone

Front photo: Trying to turn a double play in spring training. Nice cameo, too.

Back photo: Generic fielding photo.

Better photo?: An easy win for the front photo. Even without a special guest.

Ties to my personal collections: None.

Paragraphs in wikipedia entry: 16.

Wiki-facts: "On the last day of the 1998 season, the Reds helped him make baseball trivia history by starting the only infield ever composed of two sets of brothers: first baseman Stephen Larkin, second baseman Bret Boone, shortstop Barry Larkin, and third baseman Aaron Boone."

Google it: If you have 9.5 million around, you can buy his place in California.

http://www.wsj.com/articles/former-baseball-player-bret-boone-relists-california-home-for-9-5-million-1444327899

How was his stike shortened 1994? He was in Cincy for this season, and batted .320 with 12 HR and 68 RBI.

Birthday boy: April 6, 1969. No other MLB alumni were born that date. In basketball, the late Bison Dele was a 4/6/1969 baby. From the NFL, former Philadelphia Eagle Andy Harmon was born that day. Staying in Philly, Jeff Harding, who played 15 games for the Flyers also matches up.
Outside the sporting world, actor Paul Rudd was also born that date.

Up Next: #60 - Pat Borders

Wednesday, 6 July 2016

58 - Bobby Bonilla

58 - Bobby Bonilla

Front photo: Diving back to the base.

Back photo: Looking like he'll be late applying the tag to 3rd.

Better photo?: The second is more of a Mets-ish photo for that time.

Ties to my personal collections: Is a Met. In my DVD collection, he got referenced, albeit not by name, in the opening scene of the Season 3 Law & Order episode, The Corproate Veil, first airing on Oct 14, 1992.

(a police office throws a baseball back to some children)

Officer 1: They should put you on the corner at Shea.
Officer 2: I'd go for a hell of a lot less than 29 mil...guy's a bum. What's he hitting, .220? (He had finished the season hitting .249 in 1992)
Officer 1: He's better than the last guy they had.
Officer 2: The least he could do is break a leg. Can't hurt the team from the DL.

Ouch.

Paragraphs in wikipedia entry: 17

Wiki-facts: "Bonilla's stay in New York was also marred by a number of incidents, such as threatening sportswriter Bob Klapisch that he would "show him the Bronx" in response to his book on the 1992 Mets, The Worst Team Money Could Buy: The Collapse Of The New York Mets".

Google it: Until 2035, he will get paid by $1,193,248.20 by the Mets.  http://www.cbssports.com/mlb/news/happy-bobby-bonilla-payday-mets-fans/

How was his stike shortened 1994? Batted .290 with 20 HR and 67 RBI. Also struck out 101 times, just 2 behind his career high, but with over 200 fewer plate appearances.

Birthday boy: Feb 23, 1963. NHLer Doug Kostynski, who spent 15 NHL games in a Bruins uniform was born that date. No NBA of NFL call that their birth date. Outside the sporting world, Polish politician Radoslaw Sikorski was born that date.

Up Next: #59 - Bret Boone

Thursday, 23 June 2016

57 - Ricky Bones


57 - Ricky Bones

Front photo: Post-game interview? Pre-game interview?

Back photo: Playing with his invisible telescope.

Better photo?: The invisible telescope is rarer than the interview shot. So there's that. Of note, he's the first Brewer I've posted in this set.
Parallel: Silver Signature

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

Paragraphs in wikipedia entry: 7

Wiki-facts: His last name is pronounced Bow (as it bow and arrow) ness.. Imagine my disappointment back in the day when I learned it wasn't pronounced like you would in skull & crossbones.

Google it: The 4th result is for something called "Hideous Ballplayer Week".

How was his stike shortened 1994? Went 10-9 with a respectable ERA of 3.43.

Birthday boy: April 7, 1969. In another tie to my PC, original Ottawa Senator Rob Murphy was also born that date. NFL veteran Ricky Watters was born that day as well, as was former Pro-Wrestler Darren Drozdov. Wikipedia also lists April 7, 1969 as the symbolic birthday of the Internet.

Up Next: #58 - Bobby Bonilla

Monday, 13 June 2016

56 - Tom Bolton


56 - Tom Bolton

Front photo: Generic pitching photo.

Back photo: Another generic pitching photo.

Better photo?:  A bland draw.

Ties to my personal collections: None.

Paragraphs in wikipedia entry: 3.

Wiki-facts: Other wiki Tom Boltons are a clown (4 paragraphs), a British politician (6) and an astronomer (4).

Google it: The only appearance of this Tom Bolton on the first page of Tom Bolton google search results are a link to his baseball-reference page. That's still better than Steve "I'm not the Making of a Murderer guy" Avery.

How was his stike shortened 1994? Went for 1-2 with a 5.40 ERA over 22 games as an Oriole. This was his last season in the big leagues.

Birthday boy: May 6, 1962. Dwight Drane, who spent 6 seasons as a DB with the Buffalo Bills was born that date. No ties to my PC though, as Drane had no cards over his career.

Other than coming across other Tom Boltons, that was pretty blah.

Up Next: #57 - Ricky Bones