Monday, April 8, 2013

#163 - Dennis Eckersley

What a card: This is the first Topps base card of Dennis Eckersley as a Chicago Cub. He appears as a Cub in the 1984 Traded set.

My observation on the front: Every time I see a photo of a pitcher with his arm cocked back in mid-pitch like this, I wonder how their arms stay attached.

More opinion from me: OK, look where the position designation "P" is placed and now try not to read the last name as "Peckersley." You can't, can you? This is how Topps screwed up the placement of the position in this set.

Something you might know: Eckersley is widely known for a variety of things. Hall of Famer. Father of the modern-day closer. Career chameleon. Goat in Game 1 of the 1988 World Series. Being the man who brought Bill Buckner to the Red Sox. And of course, losing his wife to teammate Rick Manning.

Something you might not know: Eckersley is credited with popularizing the phrase "cheese" for a fastball and "yakker" for a curve ball. My guess is someone else was saying this before Eck, but it'd be cool if he invented both.

My observation on the back: This is the first time since the 1978 set that Eckersley received a card in a Topps set that did not end in a "0" or a "5." Eckersley was on a downward slope in his career at this time that would not correct itself until he went to Oakland. Eckersley regained "hero number" status with Topps with his 1989 card (#370).

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