Wednesday, December 26, 2012
#128 - Ernie Whitt
What a card: Ernie Whitt was embarking on his sixth season as the Blue Jays' starting catcher when this card was created. The 1985 season would be Whitt's only all-star season.
My observation on the front: The photo on this card is very similar to the photo of Whitt on his 1989 Topps card.
More opinion from me: Do you think the sentence "nah, we used a photo of him that was just like that four years ago" ever comes up at Topps?
Something you might know: Whitt was an original Blue Jay and was the last player from that first Blue Jays team in 1977 when he was traded to the Braves in 1989.
Something you might not know: In Whitt's 1989 book, "Catch: A Major League Life," he accused umpire Joe Brinkman of being "incompetent." That led to a feud between the Blue Jays and Brinkman. Blue Jays manager Cito Gaston in 1993 accused Brinkman of making calls against the Blue Jays in retaliation for the book and even said the umpire was "racist."
My observation on the back: Seeing that first line of stats made me wonder what Whitt looked like as a member of the Red Sox. So I found a photo.
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