Tuesday, 14 September 2021

120 - Juan Guzman

Front: A horizontal shot, with the empty stands at Cleveland's old Municipal Stadium in the background.

Back: The same, albeit vertically.

Better side: Picking an action shot over a generic standing-around photo is an easy choice.

Ties to my personal collections: He's a Blue Jay!

Paragraphs in wikipedia entry: 6

Wiki-facts: He led the American league in wild pitches in 1993 and 1994.

Google it: Bluebird Banter ranked him the 19th greatest Blue Jay of all-time.

How was his strike-shortened 1994? Went 12-11, but with an ERA of 5.68. 

Birthday boy: October 28, 1966. Former MLB infielder Tim Bogar was also born that date. You have to head to football for the big name on that date, with Hall of Famer Steve Atwater coming into the world that date. Hockey has journeyman Benoit Hogue, and outside the sporting world, there's Andy Richter.

Next up: Chris Gwynn

Friday, 13 August 2021

119 - Ricky Gutierrez

Front: A crouching photo that nicely goes with the horizontal design as he appears to be trying to stop an advancing runner.

Back: Throwing the ball across the infield.

Better Side: The front photo is more unique.

Ties to my personal collections: Spent time with the Mets in 2004, but was released in May of that year. He'd finish the season in Boston, and pick up some jewelry in the process.

Paragraphs in wikipedia entry: 9

Wiki-facts: He was also the only Houston Astros player to get a base hit in Kerry Wood's 20-strikeout game.

Google it: Looks like there's some crypto/youtuber with the same name.

How was his strike-shortened 1994? Batted .240 with 1 HR and 28 RBI. He'd be dealt to the Astros as part of the Ken Caminiti deal in December.

Birthday boy:  May 23, 1970. He looks to be the only person in the *-reference land with that birthdate. Wiki does list Bryan Herta, a race car driver, as that date.

Next up: Juan Guzman

Sunday, 6 June 2021

118 - Bill Gullickson


Front: Pitching.

Back: Standing.

Better side: Front. Even if the photo makes it seem feasible that Gullickson threw side-arm.

Ties to my personal collections: Former Expo.

Paragraphs in wikipedia entry: 13 (and a 6 point bullet list with the athletic accomplishments of his children)

Wiki-facts: "When he was in Japan, it was considered a miracle that Gullickson, a patient with type 1 diabetes mellitus, played a professional sport. Since 1998, the Japan Diabetes Mellitus Society (JADMC) has awarded the "Gullickson Award" for the patient who is deemed a superior influence on society."

Google it: Enjoy highlights from his 18 strike-out game.  

How was his strike-shortened 1994? Went 4-5 with a 5.93 ERA. Forced to retire after this season due to injury.

Birthday boy: February 20, 1959. The only person in the *-reference world with that birthday other than Bill is former Saints back-up QB Greg Knaflec. Race car driver Scott Brayton was also born that date. 1 year later, Joel "MST3K" Hodgson was born.

Next up: Ricky Gutierrez.

Thursday, 27 May 2021

117 - Ken Griffey Jr.

My first rerun in this, as he appeared on a promotional card I posted back in 2016.

Front: Just an epic looking picture for the time. Now looks like a base card in a set like a base card you'd see in a set like Inception.

Back: Awkwardness on the base paths.

Better side: Front. Easily.

(cut/paste from Promo card #50, I don't really feel like counting wiki paragraphs again)

Ties to my personal collections: Nothing direct.

Paragraphs in wikipedia entry: 58

Wiki-facts: "Griffey was named an American Public Diplomacy Envoy by then Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on November 18, 2008."

Google it: Attempted suicide in 1988. Wow.

How was his strike-shortened 1994? Batted .323, with his 40 HR leading the AL.

Birthday boy: November 21, 1969. No other MLBers were born that date. In fact, nobody at any of the reference sites was born that day. Even on wikipedia's November 21st entry, nobody else is listed that date. Strangely appropriate for a player of Griffey's abilities.

Next up: Bill Gullickson

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. 

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