Tuesday, September 16, 2014
#330 - Leon Durham
What a card: Leon Durham enjoyed one of his finest seasons in 1984, especially in the power categories. He played the majority of the season at first base for the first time in his career.
My observation on the front: I'm going to assume that this was unfortunate coincidence that Durham is shown waiting for a grounder on the card that was issued immediately after his famous error on a grounder by the Padres' Tim Flannery, which allowed the tying run to score in the decisive Game 5 of the 1984 NLCS.
More opinion from me: Topps isn't THAT cruel, is it?
Something you might know: Well, besides that error that every Cubs fan knows, Durham enjoyed four steady, productive seasons in the middle of the Chicago lineup during the mid-1980s before substance abuse become a problem.
Something you might not know: Six years after Durham's major league career ended, the Angels signed him to a minor league deal in 1995. There was speculation that Durham would be used as a replacement player as the players' strike was ongoing, but the Angels said Durham refused to cross the picket line.
My observation on the back: I always thought "Golightly" was an invented name in this this movie. But apparently not.
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