Wednesday, February 4, 2015

#376 - Jeff Newman

What a card: This is the final card of Jeff Newman issued during his career. He was released by the Red Sox on April 4, 1985.

My observation on the front: If you're a catcher, that's a pretty good card for your last one.

More opinion from me: I will always equate Jeff Newman with those horribly overmatched A's teams of the late '70s when Charlie Finley basically left his club for dead.

Something you might know: Newman was the A's All-Star representative in 1979 when Newman had his best season but the A's were atrocious (54-108 W-L mark). Newman didn't play in the game.

Something you might not know: Newman pitched an inning during a game against the Royals on Sept. 14, 1977. He hit batter Hal McRae and gave up a single to George Brett but was unscored upon. The game wasn't the blowout that you see these days when a position player takes the mound. The Royals led 6-0. (Of course, with offense more difficult to come by in the '70s, I guess that was considered an insurmountable lead).

My observation on the back: Cal Ripken Jr. is now the Hall of Famer who has played in the most consecutive games.

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Anonymous said...

So THAT'S who Jeff Newman was/is. He came up repeatedly in a baseball quiz game I play. He sounded like a reliever, not a catcher. Also, I think you meant 1985, not 2005.

night owl said...

2005? Where'd I get that? Thanks.