Friday, June 29, 2012
#69 - Jim Winn
What a card: This is Jim Winn's rookie card. He was fortunate to even have a card in the 1985 set. He pitched just nine games in 1984.
My observation on the front: The Pirates' uniforms in the 1980s were the most natural thing in the world, but looking at them in hindsight -- they look pretty out there.
More opinion from me: I was entranced with Winn's name for three reasons:
1. He's a pitcher and his name is "Winn."
2. His first name and last name rhyme.
3. His name sounds the same as one of my favorite Dodgers, "Jim Wynn."
Something you might know: Winn was the Pirates' No. 1 draft choice in 1981. He worked as a regular reliever for the Pirates in 1985 and 1986 and the White Sox in 1987.
Something you might not know: Winn is a graduate of John Brown University, a small Christian college in Arkansas. The university's two most famous baseball connections are Winn, and their former athletic director and coach, Wally Moon. However, it doesn't appear that John Brown University even offers baseball anymore.
My observation on the back: "Which team won the 1984 World Series"? That's your trivia question on a 1985 card? Weak, Topps. Weak.
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