Thursday, February 28, 2013
#151 - Moose Haas
What a card: Moose Haas was coming off his first season in six years in which he did not win in double figures. He was also entering his final season as a full-time starter for the Brewers.
My observation on the front: Those baby blue road uniforms that the Brewers wore didn't look as nice as the ones on the Royals and Blue Jays. I think it was the gold. They looked like dingy pajamas.
More opinion from me: There is something almost hypnotic about a name in which both the first and last names feature the same vowels consecutively.
Something you might know: Haas held the franchise record for the most strikeouts in a game when he fanned 14 against the Yankees in 1978. He struck out Reggie Jackson four times. The record was later broken by Ben Sheets, who whiffed 18 in 2004.
Something you might not know: How did Haas land his nickname "Moose"? Well, according to wikipedia, it was because of an encounter with a 12-foot tall (!!!) moose in the Appalachians while vacationing. Haas killed the moose, named it "Wallace" and hung it on his wall. But if you do a little more research, you find out Haas was actually nicknamed "Moose" by his parents when he was 3 or 4 years old. A big kid even at that age, Haas' dad said to his mom, "He might be a moose." Haas was walking around with the name by the time he hit kindergarten.
So much for "Wallace."
My observation on the back: The answer to this trivia question was no longer correct by October 1985. Carlton Fisk hit 33 home runs as an A.L. catcher in 1985. The new record is 35, set by Texas' Ivan Rodriguez in 1999.
The blog wants to speak now: Just a brief update to the Pop Culture tab.