Friday, 20 November 2015
38 - Eric Anthony
Front photo: A sliding catch, complete with a backup dancer.
Back photo: On the basepaths. There's also a flashback to the presence of cigarette ads on outfield walls.
Better photo?: Everything seems perfectly aligned with the sliding catch, as well as some other Astro helping out just in case he misses it. The Marlboro ad makes the back somewhat of an oddball, but the photo on the front is too nice.
Ties to my personal collections: Was once traded for future Met Mike Hampton.
Paragraphs in wikipedia entry: 9
Wiki-facts: This paragraph might be my favourite one so far.
In 1986 Anthony was an 18-year-old Sharpstown High School dropout working on an assembly line at a Houston plastics company. He talked his way into an Astros tryout in 1986 and impressed scouts with his power (...) Subsequently, he was drafted by the Astros in the 34th round of the 1986 MLB amateur draft.
Google it: There are lots of other Eric Anthonys (Anthonies?) out there. I'll assume the baseball one isn't the musician in Utah.
How was his strike-shortened 1994? The aforementioned Hampton trade took him to Seattle in late 1993. He hit 10 HR with 30 RBI and a .237 average. He shows up later in this set as a Mariner on card #411.
Birthday boy: November 8, 1967. There's another tie to my Expos PC there, as Henry Rodriguez was also born that date. The only other person listed at the *-reference sites is former Cardinal/Chief cornerback Jay Taylor. Actress Courtney Thorne-Smith (Melrose Place, According to Jim) was also born that date.
Up next: 39 - Luis Aquino.