Tuesday, May 7, 2013

#173 - Mike Young

What a card: This is Mike Young's first Topps card. It was issued after he played in 123 games for the Orioles in 1984 and finished fifth in the American League Rookie of the Year voting.

My observation on the front: That looks like Yankee Stadium to me. I'm probably wrong as I am about 80 percent of the time on stadium guesses.

More opinion from me: Before there was Michael Young, there was Mike Young. But you'd never know it by searching the internet. It really, really thinks you meant to search for Michael Young. (P.S. Mike Young's full first name is "Michael.")

Something you might know: Young was considered a significant prospect when he was drafted by the Orioles, someone who had speed and power from both sides of the plate. But except for a 1985 season in which he hit 28 home runs, he never reached his potential.

Something you might not know: Young became an orange belt in the martial art of kung fu while he was a player. Orange belt is three steps up from beginner, but quite appropriate given his team's colors.

My observation on the back: That write-up isn't anything you couldn't say about a bunch of people who never played in the majors.

The blog wants to speak now: The Sports tab is updated with the Wimbledon champs of '85, both historic victories.

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