Monday, 1 March 2021

116 - Willie Greene




116 - Willie Greene 

Front photo: A close up at the plate.

Back photo: A casual infield play.

Better photo?: Horizontalness is a tie-breaker for the front.

Ties to my personal collections: Played for the Jays and spent some minor league time with the Expos. Got a Bowman card with the Expos, and a few 1999 cards with Toronto.

Paragraphs in wikipedia entry: 3

Wiki-facts: "Georgia's Gatorade Player of The Year in baseball"

Google it: There's a singer named 'Willie Greene' who sings with the Temptations.

How was his strike shortened 1994? Only 37 AB, with 3 RBI and a .216 BA,

Birthday boy: September 23, 1971. There's a couple former NBAers born that date, Eric Montross and Cuonzo Martin. This is a strange birthdate in terms of *-reference.com matches, as there are those two NBAers, but no NFLers or NHLers. Another 9/23/71 baby was Sean Spicer, the former White House Press Secretary.

Up Next: 117 - Ken Griffey Jr.

Thursday, 31 December 2020

115 - Tommy Greene



Front photo: Pretty generic pitching photo.

Back photo: Ditto.

Better photo?: I guess pinstripes give it to the front.

Ties to my personal collections: None.

Paragraphs in wikipedia entry: 7

Wiki-facts: "He threw nine total no-hitters in high school."

Google it: Wants to autocomplete as 'Tommy green power ranger'

How was his strike shortened 1994? Shoulder issues limited him to 7 starts, but he did go 2-0 in them, with a 4.54 ERA.

Birthday boy:  April 6, 1967. No other MLBers were born that date. Football wise, Derrick Fenner, and Kenny Walker, one of only 5 deaf players in NFL history were both born that date. Those were the only players in the *-reference.com world listed. Outside that world, voice actress Kathleen Barr was also born 4/6/67. Her credits are extensive. 
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kathleen_Barr

Up Next: 116 - Willie Greene

Monday, 14 September 2020

114 - Mark Grace

 

Front photo: Flipping to first.

Back photo: Post game celebration.

Better photo?: Gotta go for the one with ivy.

Ties to my personal collections: None.

Paragraphs in wikipedia entry: 26

Wiki-facts: "Grace's ex-wife, Michelle, married Ray Liotta in 1997 after meeting at a Cubs game."

Google it: He got himself a five-game suspension earlier this season for calling one of his ex-wives a 'dingbat' during a broadcast. Probably the aforementioned ex Mrs. Liotta as well.

How was his strike shortened 1994? Batted .298 with 6 HR and 44 RBI.

Birthday boy:  June 28, 1964. That's also the birth date of former MLBer Kevin Reimer. The NFL can add Dino Hackett and Bryan Barker to the list. The NFL birthday boys were also teammates for several seasons with the Chiefs in the early 90s.

Up Next: 115 - Tommy Greene

Thursday, 30 July 2020

113 - Jim Gott

Front photo: Pitching.

Back photo: Celebrating, likely one of his 25 saves.

Better photo?: The back.

Ties to my personal collections: Former Toronto Blue Jay.

Paragraphs in wikipedia entry:

Wiki-facts: "Gott taught Dennis Quaid to pitch for his portrayal of Jim Morris in the 2002 film The Rookie."

Google it: He's now the bullpen coach for the Phillies.

How was his strike shortened 1994? 5-3, with a 5.94 ERA and 2 saves.

Birthday boy:  August 3, 1959. Mike Jeffcoat, another pitcher with double-digit MLB seasons, shares the birthdate. There's a rare NBA match here, with another Mike - Gminski. Actor John C. McGinley (Scrubs, Platoon) is also a 8/3/59 baby. In far darker news, the Pidjiguiti massacre happened that date as well.

Up Next: 114 - Mark Grace

Sunday, 12 July 2020

112 - Tom Gordon

Front photo: Pitching.

Back photo: Pitching. Heck, this might be the exact same pitch photographed from different angles.

Better photo?: I like the angle on the back photo more.

Ties to my personal collections: None.

Paragraphs in wikipedia entry: 15

Wiki-facts: "Gordon is mentioned by name in the title, and frequently referred to in the Stephen King novel The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon."

Google it: "Stephen King’s ‘The Girl Who Loved Tom Gordon’ Is Being Made Into A Movie"

How was his strike shortened 1994? Went 11-7 with an ERA of 4.35

Birthday boy: November 18, 1967. He matches up with former NHLer Jocelyn Lemieux. Pretty bland, but all the Stephen King makes up for that.

Up Next: 113 - Jim Gott

Sunday, 24 May 2020

111 - Luis Gonzalez

111 - Luis Gonzalez

Front photo: Sliding.

Back photo: Stretching.

Better photo?: Even if it is before his changed his workout regimen and started having arms like a professional wrestler, the back photo.

Ties to my personal collections: None.

Paragraphs in wikipedia entry: 25

Wiki-facts: "Gonzalez was the Celebrity face for a cornfield maze in Queen Creek, Arizona for the Schnepf Farms' annual Celebrity Maze"

Google it: In 2017, he pulled a woman from a car after an accident.

https://bleacherreport.com/articles/2713489-former-mlb-player-luis-gonzalez-pulls-woman-from-car-after-accident

How was his strike shortened 1994? 8 HR and 67 RBI with a .273 average. This is back-to-back players with 8 HRs during the lost season.

Birthday boy: September 3, 1967. NBA journeyman Chris Gatling was born that date as well. If Luis and Chris' parents were on the way to the hospital in Sweden, they might have arrived by driving on the left side of the road, but returned on the right, as they switched over on 9/3/67.

Up Next: 112 - Tom Gordon

Saturday, 11 April 2020

110 - Chris Gomez

Front photo: Turning two on Tatooine (tm gcrl)

Back photo: A swing and a miss? hit? pop-up?

Better photo?: Easy win for the front photo.

Ties to my personal collections: Spent a year with the Blue Jays in 2004. His only Jays card was in Topps Total.

Paragraphs in wikipedia entry: 10

Wiki-facts: "His first major league hit was a triple on July 22 off Kansas City Royals pitcher Frank DiPino."

Google it: A fairly common name, sharing it with a pitcher for the Pitt Panthers and an MMA fighter coming up on the first page.

How was his strike shortened 1994? 8 HR and 53 RBI with a .257 average.

Birthday boy: June 16, 1971. Another MLBer who would play for the Tigers was born that date - Fernando Hernandez. Gomez would be in San Diego by then. It was also the birthday of 3-game NFLer Andre President. The biggest name was outside the sporting world - Tupac was born that day. John Reith, co-founder of the BBC died that day.

Up Next: 111 - Luis Gonzalez