Friday, September 7, 2012
#91 - Jeff Burroughs
What a card: Jeff Burroughs was scraping the bottom of his 16-year career at this point, batting .211 for the Oakland A's in 1984. He'd play for the Blue Jays in 1985 and that'd be that.
My observation the front: Who doesn't love a batting cage shot ... and an unstrapped batting glove shot?
More opinion from me: Burroughs was one of those guys who seemed to change his appearance every year on his baseball card. Long hair one year. Clean-shaven the next. Beard one year. Glasses the next. Not many where he looks the same in back-to-back years.
Something you might know: Burroughs, the No. 1 pick in the 1969 draft, won American League MVP honors with the Texas Rangers in 1974, just his second full year in the majors. He added a 41-homer, return-to-glory season for the Braves in 1977.
Something you might not know: Burroughs famously coached his son, Sean, to the Little League World Series in 1992 and 1993 as a member of the Long Beach all-star team. But he was also the Little League coach for current Phillies infielder Chase Utley.
My observation on the back: Bobby Grich was a senior at Wilson when Burroughs was a sophomore. At one point in the majors, five former students of Wilson High were in the majors -- Burroughs, Grich, Bob Bailey, Ed Crosby and Casey Cox.
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