Friday, October 19, 2012

#105 - Ron Kittle

What a card: Ron Kittle was coming off his second full season with the White Sox as this card appeared in packs. Not quite as successful as in his Rookie of the Year season in 1983, Kittle still produced in the power department, while struggling mightily with his batting average.

My observation on the front: Kittle running the bases is an odd shot. I remember looking at it quizzically, as in "this is the guy who hits 30 home runs a year, right?"

More opinion from me: The completely black background throws me. It looks like Kittle is leading off first base in space. I have debated several times with myself on whether this is a night card. I don't think it is.

Something you might know: Kittle was enormously popular his rookie year in '83 when he hit 35 home runs and drove in 100. A free-swinging slugger, who struck out 150 times his rookie year, he remained popular even after his career ended.

Something you might not know: Kittle makes benches out of bats, baseballs and bases. You can see some of them on his website.

My observation on the back: 1. That 1982 season in Edmonton is absolutely crazy. 2. Kittle went into construction after being released by the Dodgers after two seasons in their minor league organization. He was signed by L.A. in 1977.

The blog wants to speak now: The Movie, Pop Culture and News categories are updated. They were still break-dancing in '85.


Scott Crawford said...

I talk to Ron on Facebook fairly often. He's definitely one of the good guys.

Brandon said...

I think it might be a night card. The glare on his helmet looks to be from a couple of light towers rather than the sun.

Jeff said...

The glare on the helmet and the shadows on his uniform definitely make me think night card.

jacobmrley said...

I actually think this might be an overcast day game. Just a hunch on the vibe of the light.

BTW, for the kids out there, there was a time when Ron Kittle cards were the biggest thing in the hobby.