Monday, December 10, 2018

#71T - Dave LaPoint

What a card: Dave LaPoint moved from the Cardinals to the Giants in the Jack Clark deal on Feb. 1, 1985 that also sent David Green, Gary Rajsich and Jose Uribe to the Giants.

How'd that go: Well ...  in 1985 with the Giants, LaPoint set a career high for innings pitched (206.2). His ERA was 3.57. But the Giants were a bad, bad team, LaPoint lost a career-high 17 games and he was dealt to the Tigers after the season.

Backatya: I'm no closer to figuring out the youngest pitcher in big league history to gain a win in each league than I was when I blogged his flagship card. But I do know that they could have put an "A" and an "L" in "Glens Falls" in the vital stats. We Upstate folks need proper credit!

Back-to-back: It is totally appropriate that LaPoint is laughing on his Traded card. He was known for being a chatty cut-up, almost as much as he was known for his love of food (his nickname is "Snacks"). He also was once removed from a game because he couldn't stop laughing after hitting good friend Tim Wallach on the foot with one of his "slow balls".

The flagship card is No. 229 and was originally blogged on Nov. 1, 2013.

The blog wants to speak now: The Music tab is updated.

Saturday, December 8, 2018

#70T - Lee Lacy

What a card: Lee Lacy took advantage of arguably the best season of his major league career in 1984 by signing a free agent contract with the Orioles on Dec. 7, 1984.

How'd that go: Lacy maintained his late-career success with Baltimore in 1985 and 1986 before running out of gas in his final season in 1987.

Backatya: Other McClymonds High School graduates include 1930s catching great Ernie Lombardi, NBA legend Bill Russell and MC Hammer.

Back-to-back: Lee Lacy is demonstrating the 1979 World Series on his flagship and Traded cards.

Lacy's flagship card was originally blogged on June 12, 2017. It's card No. 669. I prefer it to the Traded card. Must be the nostalgia for the Pirates uniforms.

The blog wants to speak now: The Pop Culture tab is updated.

Wednesday, December 5, 2018

#69T - Mike LaCoss

What a card: Mike LaCoss signed with the Royals as a free agent on Feb. 19, 1985.

How'd that go: Lousy. LaCoss pitched just 40 innings for the Royals in 1985, posting an above-5 ERA, and he was released by K.C. after the season. He didn't even get into any of the Royals' postseason games in '85. Another free-agent try before the 1986 season worked better as he hooked on with the Giants for a few seasons.

Backatya: What sounds better, Hubert H. Humphrey Metrodome or Target Field? I'm not a fan of either. But I don't suppose Minnesota's field can be called "Twins Park" as I wish.

Back-to-back: LaCoss offers quite an intense look on several of his cards. These are two of them. At least it seems a little warmer on his Traded card.

The flagship card is No. 666 and was originally blogged on June 2, 2017.

The blog wants to speak now: The News category is updated.

Monday, December 3, 2018

#68T - Alan Knicely

What a card: This is the fourth card in the 1985 Traded set of a player who didn't receive a card in the '85 flagship set but had received a card in past sets. Knicely appeared in just 10 games for the Reds in 1984.

My observation on the front: It's a little mean showing the backup catcher running. That's about the last reason a team puts a backup catcher in the lineup, at least it was during the 1980s.

More opinion from me: Knicely's Reds cards come out quite dorky with the prescription shades and such. But that's because of the Reds' anti-facial hair rules. Knicely looks much better during his days with the Astros and Phillies when he could get that beard going.

Something you might know: Knicely played eight seasons in the majors as a backup catcher. His most successful season was in 1985 when he hit .253 in 158 at-bats for the Reds (thus the traded card).

Something you might not know: Knicely started out in pro ball as a pitcher and you can find a few different minor league cards of him as a pitcher.

My observation on the back: The Yankees have now won 27 World Series. Bastards.

The blog wants to speak now: The TV category is updated.

Friday, November 30, 2018

#67T - Bruce Kison

What a card: Bruce Kison signed as a free agent with the Red Sox on Jan. 14, 1985.

How'd that go: Kison, who just passed away last June, pitched one season for the Red Sox, appearing in 22 games. That was his final season in a 15-year major league career.

Backatya: The word "scoot" isn't used enough.

Back-to-back: Another case where I like both photos. The flagship card might be more appropriate for someone at the end of his career, but Kison would have one more Topps card, in the 1986 set.

The flagship card is No. 544 and was originally blogged on June 17, 2016.

The blog wants to speak now: The Movie category is updated.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

#66T - Steve Kemp

What a card: Steve Kemp moved from the Yankees to the Pirates on Dec. 20, 1984 in the deal that sent Dale Berra and Jay Buhner to the Yankees.

How'd that go: Almost the end of the line for Kemp. He generated one season in 1985 that was much like his dismal show with the Yankees except without the power. The Pirates released him in 1986. He played in a handful of games for Texas in 1988.

Backatya: When I posted Kemp's flagship card with this trivia question, 16 players had formed the four-homer club. That total is now 18 with Scooter Gennett and J.D. Martinez joining in 2017. 

Back-to-back: In the world of hatless Steve Kemp cards, his '85 Traded card cannot compare to his '82 Traded card.

The flagship card is way off center and card No. 120 and was originally blogged on Dec. 4, 2012. 

The blog wants to speak now: The Music category is updated with the final Top 5 chart of the year.

Monday, November 26, 2018

#65T - Ruppert Jones

What a card: Ruppert Jones joined what would be his sixth and final team when he signed as a free agent with the California Angels on Jan. 30, 1985.

How'd that go: Jones rediscovered his power stroke in 1985, hitting 21 homers for his most in a season since 1979 when he also hit 21, but in 37 more games. But the rest of his offense struggled during three years with the Angels and his career ended after the 1987 season.

Backatya: The Mariners and the Yankees trade constantly -- there was just a deal between the two teams earlier this month -- and the relationship goes back to 1979 when in the first trade between the two teams, the Yankees acquired Jones from Seattle in a deal for four players. The trade backfired on New York as Jones struggled in just one year with the team.

Back-to-back: Two solid cards for Ruppert, although I'd give his flagship card an edge.

The flagship card is No. 126 and originally blogged on Dec. 19, 2012.

The blog wants to speak now: Nope, the blog and I are done tonight. I drove eight hours today. Going to call it a night.