Friday, March 6, 2015
#387 - Buddy Biancalana
What a card: This is Buddy Biancalana's rookie card (the second straight rookie card in the set). Topps lucked into something of a coup as it was the only one of the three card companies at the time to feature Biancalana in a set the same year he became a pop culture sensation and World Series hero.
My observation on the front: The Royals are in spring training action against the Expos. The gentleman on the left has got to be a coach. Galen Cisco was No. 36 for the Expos in 1984. I'm going with that.
More opinion from me: Biancalana looks like he just got the sign from the third base coach and has no idea what he's supposed to do.
Something you might know: Spurred on by a bit on Late Night With David Letterman in which Letterman started a Buddy Biancalana hit count to spoof Pete Rose's chasing of Ty Cobb's all-time hit record, Biancalana became a household name. A month later, he batted .278 against the Cardinals in the World Series and contributing to several rallies. He hit a mere .188 during the regular season.
Something you might not know: Biancalana, who hit six career home runs, says that in the minor leagues he hit three home runs in one week against the same pitcher, Tommy Shimp.
My observation on the back: Biancalana's given first name is "Roland".
The blog wants to speak now: The Ballgames category is updated.