Tuesday, January 7, 2014
#249 - Harold Baines
What a card: Harold Baines was coming off probably his best season to this point in his career in 1984, setting career highs in hits, triples, home runs, batting average, on-base percentage and leading the American League in slugging (.541).
My observation on the front: Baines looks thoroughly perplexed by something.
More opinion from me: Baines was always too smiley and docile-looking on his cards to appear "bad-ass," but this is about as close he gets to it. It's a fine card and I think Baines turned out well on his cards in 1985. I think his '85 Donruss card is close to perfection.
Something you might know: A king of the designated hitter, Baines held a number of DH records upon his retirement. He's still the all-time leader in games played as a DH (1,688).
Something you might not know: I missed posting this card on "Harold Baines Day" by two lousy days. January 9 is "Harold Baines Day" in his hometown of St. Michaels, Maryland.
My observation on the back: Denny McLain's name is misspelled on the trivia answer.
The blog wants to speak now: The TV category has been updated with an interview with someone who spent most of his music career out of the mainstream but stepped into the mainstream in the mid-1980s.