Wednesday, August 16, 2017

#692 - Randy Bush


What a card: Randy Bush continued to be a regular platoon player in right and left field and the Twins' main pinch-hitter in 1984. He tied for the American League pinch-hitting lead by going 8-for-20 (.400).

My observation on the front: That looks like a very pleasant spring training day.

More opinion from me: The Twins' red hats are 😍.

Something you might know: Bush is one of seven players to appear on both World Championship Twins teams in 1987 and 1991.

Something you might not know: Bush once hit a home run that traveled more than 200 miles. While playing in the minor leagues for Toledo during a road game against Charleston in 1982, Bush blasted a shot over the right field wall that landed on moving coal train. The train traveled 200 more miles with the ball until coming to a rest.


My observation on the back: I miss watching televised games from County Stadium.

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Monday, August 14, 2017

#691 - Dennis Rasmussen


What a card: This is Dennis Rasmussen's first Topps card. He appears in the 1984 Donruss set with the Padres.

My observation on the front: I think you get a good idea that Rasmussen is 6-foot-7 from this card.

More opinion from me: I remember Rasmussen winning 18 games for the Yankees in 1985 and thinking "who the heck is this guy?"

Something you might know: Rasmussen came to the Yankees in the trade that sent Graig Nettles to the Padres. Nettles claims he was dealt because George Steinbrenner didn't like the third basemen's just-published book, "Balls".

Something you might not know: Rasmussen played college basketball for Creighton University. In 1978, Rasmussen's Creighton team played Larry Bird's Indiana State team three times ... and won all three games.


My observation on the back: Bill Brubaker played infield for the Pirates in the mid-1930s.

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

#690 - Alan Trammell


What a card: Alan Trammell had reached another level in 1983 and 1984, batting .319 and .314, respectively. Still, it was a prelude to his monster 1987 season.

My observation on the front: This card seems to sum up Trammell: solid, unspectacular, quietly effective, and I really have nothing else to say about it.

More opinion from me: Still annoyed at Trammell for being a Diamondbacks coach when they had that fight with the Dodgers. I probably should let that go, but I'm still waiting for the Diamondbacks to be contracted first.

Something you might know: Part of the longest continuous double play combination in MLB history (with Lou Whitaker), Trammell is one of the players often cited for Hall of Fame enshrinement. He was the MVP of the 1984 World Series.

Something you might not know: When Trammell was a kid growing up in San Diego, he attended Padres games. Once, when the Padres were playing the Pirates, he and a friend got Pirates coach and Hall of Famer Bill Mazeroski to play catch with them on the field.


My observation on the back: John Denny's win was in Game 1 of the World Series, a 2-1 victory for the Phillies.

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Tuesday, August 8, 2017

#689 - Luis DeLeon


What a card: Luis DeLeon's playing time and performance took a dive in 1984. After two solid seasons of 60-plus games for the Padres, DeLeon managed just 32 games in 1984 and an ERA of 5.48. He didn't make it onto the Padres' postseason roster.

My observation on the front: Love those sky blue backdrops.

More opinion from me: With the Padres' letters obscured on DeLeon's uniform, he looks like he's just wearing a loud shirt.

Something you might know: DeLeon finished fifth in the NL Rookie of the Year voting in 1982 as he saved 15 games for San Diego. He split save opportunities with Gary Lucas in 1982 and 1983.

Something you might not know: Luis is one of four brothers named Luis (his father is named Luis, too). DeLeon was called "Mambo" to distinguish him from his brothers.


My observation on the back: Brother Luis played in the Boston and Cleveland organizations. Desiderio played in the Expos organization.

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Friday, August 4, 2017

#688 - Len Matuszek


What a card: Len Matuszek had already moved on to the Blue Jays (and then the Dodgers) when this card was issued. But in 1984, he appeared in more than 100 games for the first time in his career.

My observation on the front: That is a player standing ramrod straight.

More opinion from me: I was a little too gleeful when the Dodgers acquired Matuszek (for Al Oliver for crying out loud!). I don't know why I expected big things from him.

Something you might know: Matuszek took over as the Phillies' starting first baseman from Pete Rose, who was released after the 1983 season. But Matuszek lasted just the one season.

Something you might not know: Matuszek was a full-time caregiver for a mentally handicapped man named Andy as of 11 years ago. This story about it is awesome.


My observation on the back: The Pirates still have lost the most LCS but the total is now seven. The Braves, Cardinals and Dodgers are tied for second with six. The highest total in the American League is five, proving that the most heartache is in the NL.

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Wednesday, August 2, 2017

#687 - Bill Gullickson


What a card: Bill Gullickson was coming off his third straight double-figure victory season for the Expos when this card was issued. He'd hit double figures again in 1985 with 14 wins for Montreal.

My observation on the front: I love this card. It's a throwback to cards from the '70s with a true baseball background. It's spring training and you can find a player or two, possibly some reporters and, of course, fans.

More opinion from me: I don't remember if Gullickson or Catfish Hunter was the first athlete that I knew of having diabetes. (Ron Santo is probably the most notable baseball diabetic but he played before I started following sports). I do remember when news came out that Gullickson had Type 1 diabetes.

Something you might know: Gullickson set a rookie record for the most strikeouts in a game when he fanned 18 Cubs in 1980. He kept the record until the Cubs' Kerry Wood struck out 20 in 1998.

Something you might not know: Each of Gullickson's six children have a first name starting with "C" -- Callie, Carley, Cassie, Chelsey, Chloe and Craig.


My observation on the front: The word "traveling" has just one "l" unless you're in Great Britain. In the U.S., multi-syllable words in which the stress is on the first syllable do not feature a doubled final consonant when adding "-ing" or "-ed". Meanwhile, British writing favors longer words so the consonants are automatically doubled. And there's your grammar lesson on your baseball card blog.

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Monday, July 31, 2017

#686 - Mike Easler


What a card: Mike Easler was coming off his most productive season when this card was issued. Provided the most playing time since beginning in the majors in 1973, Easler made the best of it, recording a career-high 188 hits, 27 homers and 91 RBIs.

My observation on the front: Easler appears to be saying to someone in the dugout, "hey man, I can't hit when no one is watching."

More opinion from me: I can't be the only one who spent several years wishing Easler would get more playing time. He always seemed to hit, yet received sporadic at-bats for the first half of his career.

Something you might know: "The Hit Man" batted .338 for the Pirates in 1980 in his breakout season. He parlayed his hitting success into a career as a hitting coach after his playing days ended.

Something you might not know: When Easler was traded from the Red Sox to the Yankees in 1986, it was the first time in history a trade included nothing but designated hitters.


My observation on the back: Easler did not receive a card of his own until 1980 (he did appear on a four-player rookie card in the 1978 Topps set). Look at all those years listed before he received a card!

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