Wednesday, 19 October 2016
Front photo: Throwing the ball.
Back photo: A chat along the wire fence
Better photo?: Hard to go against any appearance of the Wrigley ivy.
Ties to my personal collections: None.
Paragraphs in wikipedia entry: 7
Wiki-facts: "At Stanford, his roommate was Hall of Fame quarterback John Elway."
Google it: 5 of the 10 results on the first page have to do with his son playing QB for the Texas Longhorns. Shane was the first freshman to start at QB for Texas since 1944.
How was his stike shortened 1994? Went .242 with 14 HR and 52 RBI.
Birthday boy: September 26, 1961. No MLB alum were born that date. Ditto for the NBA and the NHL. The NFL does offer a pair of players, "wild" Wes Hopkins, who spent 11 years with the Eagles, and Mark Behning, who spent a season in Pittsburgh. Cindy Herron, of the singing group "En Vogue" was also born that day.
Up Next: Dave Burba
Tuesday, 4 October 2016
Front photo: Standard batting photo, but a nice view of a 25th anniversary patch.
Back photo: N/A. Full stats!
Better photo?: N/A.
Ties to my personal collections: George owns the Spokane Chiefs of the Western Hockey League. I have several hits of one of their alumni, Jared Cowan, in my Senators collection.
Paragraphs in wikipedia entry: 35.
Wiki-facts: "George Brett is credited with making the term The Mendoza Line popular."
Google it: I was expecting references to the Lorde song, but those don't show up until the second page. There are several references to the pine tar game on page 1.
How was his stike shortened 1994? N/A. He retired in 1993. This was his farewell card. While this is nice, it isn't quite as nice as his 1994 Topps farewell card.
Birthday boy: May 15, 1953. No baseball birthdays, but the next May 15th birthday boy would join George in the Hall of Fame (1967, John Smoltz). NHLer Pat Hickey was born that date, and outside the sporting world, musician Mike Oldfield was also born 5/15/53.
Up Next: Steve Buechele
Tuesday, 20 September 2016
Front photo: Throwing.
Back photo: Batting.
Better photo?: Neither is spectacular, but I'll give the nod to the back for the hint of a sleeve logo.
Ties to my personal collections: None.
Paragraphs in wikipedia entry: 4
Wiki-facts: "On November 18, 2013, Branson was named hitting coach of the Pittsburgh Pirates." He's still there.
Google it: The only reference to this Jeff Branson on the first page of results is the link to his baseball-reference page. Most are for a soap opera actor.
How was his stike shortened 1994? Batted .284 for 6 HR and 16 RBI over 109 AB.
Birthday boy: January 26, 1967. The only baseball player born that date is Tim Pugh, who was a teammate of Branson from 1992-1995 in Cinci. Pugh will make his appearance in this set at card #234. Rod Dallman, who played 6 games for the Islanders and Flyers is the NHL representative for that date. No NBA or NFLers were born that date. Col Needham, who founded the Internet Movie Database, was also born that date.
Up Next: #65 George Brett
Thursday, 8 September 2016
Front photo: A pitcher at the plate! And laying down a bunt! I think this hits about 10 different bloggers mini collections?
Back photo: Does it matter?
Better photo?: Is there any doubt?
Ties to my personal collections: See 'Birthday boy'.
Paragraphs in wikipedia entry: 3
Wiki-facts: "was chosen in the 3rd round of the 1992 MLB Expansion Draft by the Florida Marlins"
Google it: This particular Ryan Bowen is listed after a basketball player and a hockey player when googled. The hockey guy is playing in the WHL with the Moose Jaw Warriors, and the basketball guy's photo on wikipedia looks like he's wearing a stocking mask while robbing a 7-11.
How was his stike shortened 1994? Went 1-5 with an ERA of 4.94.
Birthday boy: February 10, 1968. Eddie Zosky, former Toronto Blue Jay was born that date. They were teammates as Zosky played in 6 games for the 1995 Marlins. No NBA or NFL content, but Peter Popovic brings the NHL alumni.
Up Next: 64 - Jeff Branson
Wednesday, 24 August 2016
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
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. Guðni 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
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