Wednesday, August 1, 2012
#79 - Rick Mahler
What a card: Rick Mahler was about to pile up the innings as he never had before in 1985. He would pitch a career high 266 2/3 innings, give up a league high 272 hits, and receive 32 decisions, going 17-15.
My observation on the front: Mahler spent most of the 1983 season in the minors and therefore didn't have a card in the 1984 Topps set. When he returned to Topps with this card, the scraggly beard that he wore on his 1982 and 1983 cards was gone. Suddenly, Mahler was ready for the corporate board room!
More opinion from me: I don't know what that top is supposed to be that Mahler is wearing, but it sure isn't a baseball jersey.
Something you might know: Mahler and his brother, Mickey, each pitched in the majors at the same time, although Mickey's career didn't last as long. Rick and Mickey were teammates on the 1979 Braves.
Something you might not know: The very last thing Rick Mahler did in a major league game was hit Kevin Mitchell with a pitch as a starter for the Braves on Aug. 6, 1991. Mahler was removed before the next batter. Or maybe Mitchell removed him. Dude was scary.
My observation on the back: Now, that is a fascinating player tidbit. How would anyone end up playing Little League in England? From the little research that I did, Mahler's family apparently was stationed by the military in England before moving to San Antonio, Texas.
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