Tuesday, June 10, 2014
#299 - Andy Hawkins
What a card: This card was issued as Andy Hawkins was about to embark on his breakthrough season. Hawkins would win 18 games for the Padres in 1985, pitching in a career-high 228 innings.
My observation on the front: Hawkins looks absolutely terrified to be throwing wherever he's throwing. Look at the expression on his face.
More opinion from me: Hawkins was the answer to the previous card's trivia question. Am I giving Topps too much credit to say that was planned?
Something you might know: As a member of the Yankees, Hawkins threw a no-hitter in 1990 and lost 4-0 to the White Sox. Later, the no-hitter was taken from him because of new rules that stipulated a pitcher must go nine innings to be credited with a no-hitter. Hawkins pitched just eight because the White Sox didn't bat in the bottom of the ninth.
Something you might not know: Hawkins signed a letter of intent to kick for the Baylor University football team.
My observation on the back: I have no idea whether Fingers still holds the record. I would imagine it's been broken by someone like Mariano Rivera. (I just looked it up, Rivera pitched in 24 WS games).
The blog wants to speak now: The Ballgames category is updated.