Tuesday, September 15, 2015
#452 - John Castino
What a card: This is the final card of John Castino issued during his career. In fact his career was already over when this card was pulled out of packs. His last game was on May 7, 1984. He was forced to retire at age 29 because of continued back trouble.
My observation on the front: I really like the blue Twins jerseys and the red helmets. Those need to come back.
More opinion from me: I have no idea why Castino has a card in this set. He played in eight games in '84. No other trading card company issued a card of him.
Something you might know: Castino was the co-AL Rookie of the Year in 1979, sharing the award with the Blue Jays' Alfredo Griffin.
Something you might not know: Castino played a part in the demise of Tigers pitcher Dave Rozema. During a wild brawl in 1982, Rozema dashed out onto the field and tried to deliver a flying kung-fu kick to Castino. But Rozema missed, tore ligaments in his knee and missed the rest of the season.
My observation on the back: Julio Franco now holds the record for oldest position player in a league championship series. He was 48 when he played for the Mets in the 2006 NLCS.
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