Monday, October 5, 2015

#459 - Charlie Leibrandt

What a card: Charlie Leibrandt was entering what would be the best season of his 14-year career when this card was issued. After emerging as a top starter in his first year with the Royals in 1984, he'd go 17-9 for Kansas City in 1985.

My observation on the front: The photo on this card is similar to the one on Leibrandt's first Topps card.

More opinion from me: Leibrandt was a postseason regular with the Royals in the late '80s and the Braves in the early '90s. In other words, I rooted for him in the late '80s and against him the early '90s.

Something you might know: Leibrandt surrendered Kirby Puckett's famous home run for the Twins in the 11th inning of Game 6 of the 1991 World Series.. The home run forced a Game 7 that the Twins would win.

Something you might not know: Leibrandt's son, Brandon, pitched in 2015 mostly for the Phillies' high Class A team in Clearwater, Fla. He went 7-3 with a 3.11 ERA in 17 starts.

My observation on the back: Bobby Richardson still holds the record for most RBIs in a World Series game, but it's been tied twice in the last six years. Hideki Matsui drove in six runs in 2009 for the Yankees and the Cardinals' Albert Pujols knocked in six runs in 2011.

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