Tuesday, March 10, 2015

#388 - Bert Roberge

What a card: After a one-year break from appearing on baseball cards, Bert Roberge returned in 1985 after pitching in 21 games for the White Sox as a reliever in 1984.

My observation on the front: I think I own that gray T-shirt Roberge is wearing.

More opinion from me: Roberge appears in the Topps, Donruss and Fleer sets in 1983 as an Astro. He is wearing a full mustache on those cards. I am very disappointed he is clean shaven two years later.

Something you might know: Roberge was the player the Astros called up in 1980 when J.R. Richard suffered his stroke and went on the disabled list.

Something you might not know: When Roland Hemond was GM of the White Sox, Chicago traded Roberge to the Expos during the 1984 Winter Meetings (Roberge was already with the Expos when this card came out). Roberge is of French-Canadian heritage and so is Hemond, whose mother came from a Montreal suburb. So Hemond arranged with Expos president John McHale to announce the trade in French.

My observation on the back: McCovey still holds the NL career record for grand slams, although at the time only Lou Gehrig was ahead of him on the overall chart. Now Gehrig, Alex Rodriguez, Manny Ramirez and Eddie Murray own more than McCovey, and Robin Ventura has matched him.

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