Tuesday, February 28, 2012

#21 - Lee Tunnell

What a card: Lee Tunnell was a little over a year removed from finishing ninth in the N.L. Rookie of the Year voting when this card came out. He received one vote to finish far behind winner Darryl Strawberry in 1983.

My observation on the front: The Pirates' gold-and-black uniforms and pinstriped caps were past peak by this point, almost on their way out, but they sure do bring back memories no matter what year.

More opinion from me: I somehow ended up with a dozen dupes of this card -- so many that quite some time ago, I cut them up and made a post with them.

Something you might know: Tunnell's major league career ran from 1982-89, but he pitched in professional ball through 1995, throwing in Japan, the minor leagues and Mexico.

Something you might not know: Tunnell was arrested for offering to engage in an act of prostitution in 2009, according to this report, which is particularly jarring considering Tunnell helped form the Ambassadors, an evangelical baseball team made up of members who spread their faith while playing baseball and conducting baseball clinics.

 My observation on the back: Tunnell's 1984 season is the definition of the sophomore slump.

The blog wants to speak now: Updating of the various tabs has been on hiatus for a few days. Updates coming soon.


Rob said...

That's a pretty good action shot in this set, all things considered.

Play at the Plate said...

Give me a good submariner like Tekulve anyday.

I'm back and playing catchup by the way.