Tuesday, October 29, 2013
#228 - Dion James
What a card: Dion James was coming off his rookie season for the Brewers at the time this card was made and was named the team's top rookie for 1984. This is Topps' first card of James, although he appears in both Donruss and Fleer sets in 1984.
My observation on the front: You got to love when personalized gloves show up on baseball cards.
More opinion from me: Yellow caps don't look good unless the Pirates are wearing them.
Something you might know: The most-cited incident in James' career came when he was playing for Braves against the Mets in 1987. His fly ball killed a dove in flight. You can see video of it complete with a Tim McCarver exclamation.
Something you might not know: James was traded for exactly two players in his career. Both were former first-round draft picks. He was traded for Brad Komminsk ('79 Braves) in 1987 and for Oddibe McDowell ('84 Rangers) in 1989.
My observation on the back: I believe Larsen still holds the record for consecutive hitless innings in a World Series, although it doesn't seem out of the realm of possibilities for a pitcher to toss six hitless innings in back-to-back games.
The blog wants to speak now: The Sports and News categories are updated. Carlton Fisk did something very memorable on Aug. 2, 1985.