Sunday, 19 June 2022

133 - Pat Hentgen


Front: Throwing horizontally.

Back: Throwing vertically, with almost the same pose.

Better side: The angle is so much better on the front.

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

Paragraphs in wikipedia entry: 11

Wiki-facts: "Hentgen was named to the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame in the Class of 2016." The 2022 induction ceremony took place yesterday, with one of Pat's former teammates, Duane Ward, among the inductees.

Google it: Nothing that couldn't be discovered through his wiki article.

How was his strike-shortened 1994?  13-8 with an ERA of 3.40. 

Birthday boy: November 13, 1968. Mark Kiefer of the Brewers was also born that date. Hockey has journeyman goaltender Mark Fitzpatrick. There isn't much else aside from those.

Next up: 134 - Roberto Hernandez

Wednesday, 25 May 2022

132 - Mike Henneman

Front: Preparing to pitch.

Back: Looking at something more interesting than the photographer.

Better side: Maybe if they actually showed what Henneman was looking at, I'd pick the back photo. But they aren't, so the front is better.

Ties to my personal collections: Was originally drafted by Toronto in 1982, but never signed.

Paragraphs in wikipedia entry: 6

Wiki-facts: "Henneman was adopted as an infant and only found out about five brothers and two sisters after taking a DNA test in 2020."

How was his strike-shortened 1994?  Went 1-3 with a 5/19 ERA and 8 saves. 

Birthday boy: December 11, 1961. 6 year MLBer Bob Sebra was also born that date. The NFL has Jess Atkinson, Chris Scott and Gardner Williams. No NBAers or NHLers match up with that date, but soccer does have Steve Nicol. Outside the sporting world, there's guitairist Dave King of Flogging Molly, and Macky Sall, the current president of Senegal.

Next up: Pat Hentgen

Thursday, 12 May 2022

131 - Rickey Henderson


Front: Sliding.

Back: Hitting.

Better side: Rickey Henderson is better known for Rickey Henderson's prowess on the basepaths than at the plate, so that is Rickey Henderson's better option.

Ties to my personal collections:  Rickey Henderson is on the Blue Jays here, but Rickey Henderson would also play for the Mets. 

Paragraphs in wikipedia entry: 80

Wiki-facts: "In 1983, Henderson married his high-school sweetheart, Pamela. They have three children: Angela, Alexis, and Adrianna."

Google it: If you search on images, the first 15 photos are Oakland ones, with one being from a ceremony at the Stadium.

How was his strike-shortened 1994?  Rickey Henderson was back with Oakland, batting .260 with 6 HR, 20 RBI and 22 SB.

Birthday boy:  December 25, 1958.  Rickey Henderson is not the only MLBer born that date, as that's also former Padres Gerry Davis's birthdate. The NFL has Jeff Rohrer and Hanford Dixon. Singer Alannah "Black Velvet" Myles is another 12/25/58 baby.

Next up: Mike Henneman.

Tuesday, 3 May 2022

130 - Charlie Hayes

130 - Charlie Hayes

Front: Snagging the ball, although it does look like practice, thanks to the casualness of the player behind him.

Back: Hitting
Silver Sig:

Better side: Still the more unique photo is the front one.

Ties to my personal collections: Would sign with the Mets in 2000, but be released during spring training.

Paragraphs in wikipedia entry: 18

Wiki-facts: His son is Ke'Bryan Hayes of the Pirates.

Google it: The Society for American Baseball Research calls him a 'solid journeyman'.

How was his strike-shortened 1994? Batted .288 with 10 HR and 50 RBI.

Birthday boy:  May 29, 1965. Jarmo Myllys, formerly of the San Jose Sharks, was borth that date as well. The day also claims NFLer David Braxton, who mostly played for the Cardinals. 

Next up: Rickey Henderson

Saturday, 23 April 2022

129 - Hilly Hathaway


129 - Hilly Hathaway

Front: Pitching.

Back: Dugout boredom.

Better side: Nice use of a horizontal format gives the nod to the front.

Ties to my personal collections: None.

Paragraphs in wikipedia entry: 2

Wiki-facts: Real, full name is Hillary Houston Hathaway. The original Triple H!

Google it: Nothing of note, although you can learn that it is short for Hillary there as well.

How was his strike-shortened 1994? His last MLB experience was in 1993.

Birthday boy:  September 12, 1969. The *-reference world has nobody else on that date. Wiki is a little more helpful. Author James Frey, famous (infamous) for the fabrications in A Million Little Pieces was born that date. So is former Masters winner Angel Cabrera Sr. That would be nice, but he's currently serving time for domestic violence. Shigeki Maruyama, another golfer with 3 PGA wins, albeit in less well-known tournaments may not be as notable as the other two, but he's the least sketch of this group.

Next up: Charlie Hayes

Monday, 18 April 2022

128 - Billy Hatcher


Front: Dugout pose.

Back: Dancing? 
Silver Sig parallel:

Better side: I don't know quite what he is doing on the back, but it is definitely the more interesting of the two.

Ties to my personal collections: None.

Paragraphs in wikipedia entry: 13

Wiki-facts: Middle name is Augustus. 

Google it: There is a Game Cube game called Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg. No relation to the player.

How was his strike-shortened 1994? He'd be traded to the Phillies. Overall, batted .245 with 3 HR and 31 RBI.

Birthday boy:  October 4, 1960. Fellow MLBer Joe Boever was born that date. He was active with Detroit this season, but did not get a card in this, or any other UD release this year. Or next year. He'd get a Collector's Choice card in 1996. It is also the birth date of NFLers Tom Jelesky and Dan McQuaid. The NBA claims Jim Grandholm, and there were no NHLers. Henry Worsley, an explorer who passed away after trying to make a solo crossing of the Antarctic, was also born on that date outside of the *-reference world. In the news, Eastern Air Lines Flight 375 crashed at Logan Airport, killing 62 of the 72 people on board.

Next up: Hilly Hathaway

Wednesday, 6 April 2022

127 - Bryan Harvey

Front: Rather generic pitching photo.

Back: Looks to be celebrating one of his 45 saves.

Better side: An easy win for the back.

Ties to my personal collections: None, but I do have his autograph out of 1996 Leaf Signature.

Paragraphs in wikipedia entry: 6.

Wiki-facts: "named Rookie Pitcher of the Year by The Sporting News" (1988)

Google it: There was a musician with the same name. He was murdered, along with his family, in a spree killing in Richmond.

How was his strike-shortened 1994? A 5.23 ERA with 6 saves in 10 games. His 1995 would be even worse - 1 game, and an ERA of infinity. 

Birthday boy:  June 2, 1963. No other MLBers were born that date. One-game NHLer Jeff Eatough also was. Doug Evans played 354 more games with stops in Winnipeg, St. Louis and Philly. Of the three NFLers born that day, Vic Bellamy, Dana Wright and Larry Roberts, Larry was easily the most successful on the field, with two Super Bowl championships over 8 years with the 49ers.

Next up: Billy Hatcher