Tuesday, February 21, 2012
#19 - George Frazier
What a card: George Frazier finished out the 1984 season with the Cubs after beginning it with the Indians. He was traded to the Cubs in mid-June in the deal that brought Joe Carter to the Indians. I'm impressed that Topps was able to get a picture of him in a Cubs uniform -- albeit, not a great picture.
My observation on the front: Frazier appears to be in mid-sentence in this photo, which is appropriate as he's a color commentator for the Colorado Rockies now.
More opinion from me: During the beginning of last season, when MLB runs its free Extra Innings preview, I caught a Rockies game or two and was horrified by their announcers. Frazier was one of the broadcasters. The whole crew sounded like unprofessional homers. I don't know if that's an accurate observation as I saw only 1 or 2 games, but I remember being immediately appalled.
Something you might know: Frazier is known as the only pitcher to lose three World Series games in a seven-game series. He did it in 1981 while pitching for the Yankees against my Dodgers. He's practically my hero. (P.S.: He also pitched for a World Series winner, the 1987 Twins).
Something you might not know: Frazier gave up 11 hits and 10 runs in 1 1/3 innings while pitching for the Yankees on Aug. 3, 1982. In the second game of a doubleheader against the White Sox, he allowed more runs in a shorter span of time than any other pitcher in 25 years. The White Sox won 14-2, but Frazier didn't even get the loss.
My observation on the back: I wonder if pitchers get annoyed when home runs are mentioned on the back of their cards?
The blog wants to speak now: Not a lot to say. Updated the Ballgames and Pop Culture categories with some minor stuff.