Tuesday, September 17, 2013
#214 - John Tudor
What a card: This is John Tudor's only Topps base card as a Pittsburgh Pirate (he's in the '84 Traded set as a Pirate, too). Tudor spent just one season with Pittsburgh. He was already a member of the Cardinals when this card came out.
My observation on the front: That's an odd background. It looks like Tudor is pitching in a fog, or up in the clouds.
More opinion from me: Tudor was an enigma for me and many others. He bounced between teams I really liked (early '80s Red Sox, late '80s Dodgers) and teams I didn't like at all (mid '80s Cardinals). He seemed temperamental and anti-social. He was known to have a good sense of humor, but he appeared aloof most of the time.
Something you might know: A key part of the Cardinals' World Series teams in 1985 and 1987, he nearly led St. Louis to a championship in 1985. But he ran out of gas in the Game 7 finale against the Cardinals, was removed early in an eventual 11-0 loss, and hurt his hand punching an electrical fan in frustration.
Something you might not know: Tudor is the last pitcher to have reached double digits in shutouts in a single season. He pitched 10 shutouts in 1985.
My observation on the back: You can count on many a Massachusetts boy to list hockey as a hobby.
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