Tuesday, 11 November 2014

#1 - Rich Becker

All good sets start with a single card. And in this case, this is said card:
One of 20 cards under the 'Rookie Class' subset to start the set.

Front photo: Fairly standard posing photo.  The visible streak on the card scan doesn't show up in hand, so I'm guessing that isn't a blue sky backdrop behind him but it might actually be a slightly cloudy sky.

Back photo: N/A. Although it is good to have a decent write-up for guys that the collector at the time would likely not have heard much about.

Ties to my personal collections: Played for the Mets for part of the season in 1998 - has a couple cards as a Met, although I don't have any of them.

Paragraphs in wikipedia entry: 6

Wiki-facts: In high school Becker, excelled at football and baseball. In football, he played quarterback and running back on offense and corner back on defense. Middle name is Godhard.

How was his strike-shortened 1994?: Only 112 AB with a .265 average, although he did hit his first career home run.

Birthday boy: Born February 1, 1972. On that date,  Kuala Lumpur becomes a city by a royal charter granted by the Yang di-Pertuan Agong of Malaysia.

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