Wednesday, August 20, 2014

#321 - Ricky Horton

What a card: This is the first Topps base card of Ricky Horton. He appears in the 1984 Topps Traded (and '84 Fleer Update) set.

My observation on the front: I'm trying to figure out what pitch he's throwing from his grip. It kind of looks like a circle changeup.

More opinion from me: Awfully tight uniforms they wore back in the '80s.

Something you might know: Horton now goes by "Rick" and has been a broadcaster for the Cardinals for the last 10 years, mostly handling color commentary and postgame analysis.

Something you might not know: Horton is briefly featured in the movie "Field Of Dreams". The daughter of Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner) is watching a White Sox game on TV. In the game, Horton calls catcher Carlton Fisk out to the mound. The announcer says something and the daughter says to Kinsella, "Daddy, what's a southpaw?"

My observation on the back: Horton's wife was involved in a health scare last season. Her doctors told her she was exposed to an undetectable chemical or toxic gas that led to memory loss and her being hospitalized. They said her friends' quick reactions saved her life.

The blog wants to speak now: The Ballgames category is updated.

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