Wednesday, November 4, 2015

#470 - Steve Sax

What a card: Steve Sax was coming off the first "down year" of his major league career. He batted just .243 with a paltry .300 on-base percentage in 1984.

My observation on the front: There are some issues with this card. It's slightly miscut. There's snow on the card surface. It's a little defective for right-out-of-the-box, I think.

More opinion from me: I'm pretty certain Sax is in the top 10 of athletes who have fans just because of their name.

Something you might know: Sax was Rookie of the Year for the Dodgers in 1982 and then the very next year struggled to even throw to first base, making a career high 30 errors.

Something you might not know: Sax appears in an episode of "Who's the Boss" from 1986. He plays a character in the stands of a pick-up softball game. Tony needs another player and invites Sax onto his team. Sax is playing chess with Billy Martin when he gets the invitation. Bob Uecker also appears in this episode.

My observation on the back: Sax grew up in Sacramento and was indeed a Giants fan. He once told his dad that he wouldn't play for the Dodgers for a million dollars. It turns out he did play for them and signed for a lot less than a million dollars.

The blog wants to speak now: The Ballgames category is updated.


Rob said...

He has quite the TV resume, with his Simpsons softball episode and Who's the Boss appearance.

zman40 said...

Steve was my favorite player as a kid. I am pretty sure I decided that just because of his '86 Topps card. He just looked like he played hard in that card. Or maybe he was farting.