Thursday, February 12, 2015

#379 - Charles Hudson

What a card: This card was issued after Charles Hudson's second year in the majors. He came down a bit from his rookie high of 1983 when he started two World Series games. Of course, losing both of those games doesn't exactly build momentum for the following year.

My observation on the front: Piping everywhere. That's how you know it's the '80s. Piping.

More opinion from me: I remember associating Hudson with a resurgence of black starting pitchers in the majors. I don't know how accurate that was, it was just my impression. Dwight Gooden was the biggest deal in baseball at the time. I knew Dave Stewart from the Dodgers. And there was Oil Can Boyd. For whatever reason it struck me and I rooted for Hudson.

Something you might know: Hudson was the losing pitcher in the final game of the 1983 World Series. The Phillies lost to the Orioles 5-0.

Something you might not know: Hudson nearly pitched a no-hitter his rookie year, coming within two outs against the Astros. But then he surrendered a bloop single by Craig Reynolds and almost lost it. He gave up back-to-back home runs to Denny Walling and Dickie Thon before striking out Kevin Bass for the final out and a 10-3 victory.

My observation on the back: I don't think I've ever associated a Baltimore Chop with being a grounder. I guess that's what it is, but it doesn't seem like one. It seems like a ... uh ... a chop.

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Jim said...

I have a very vivid memory of listening to Hudson's attempt at a no-hitter on the radio in the kitchen of the house I grew up in. For some reason, I don't believe the game was televised. (Or the game was televised on a channel we didn't receive.)

Bo said...

He won the first game I ever attended in person, so i've always been particularly fond of him.