Wednesday, January 7, 2015
#366 - Todd Cruz
What a card: This is Todd Cruz's final card. His last major league season was 1984. He spent all of 1985 in the minor leagues.
My observation on the front: Cruz had 10 cards issued during his career. In half of them he is pictured without a cap. I guess he had the hair for it. This is also the only card of his in which he doesn't have a mustache.
More opinion from me: I will always remember Cruz for his 1984 Topps card, which escaped from my complete set. I didn't discover the missing card for years and had to track it down to finish what I had thought was an already finished set.
Something you might know: Cruz found his niche with the Orioles, becoming part of "The Three Stooges," the nickname that the bottom three players in the batting order -- Cruz, Rick Dempsey and Rich Dauer -- gave themselves during the Orioles' World Series season in 1983.
Something you might not know: Ernie Banks' son, Joey, helped Todd Cruz become an actor after his major league career. Cruz was an Angels third baseman in the movie "The Naked Gun" and also had bit parts in the movie "Tequila Sunrise" as well as the TV show "L.A. Law".
My observation on the front: Gene Tenace has been joined by Andruw Jones, who hit home runs in his first two World Series at-bats for the Braves in 1996.
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