Tuesday, December 15, 2015
#483 - Mike Smithson
What a card: When this card hit packs, Mike Smithson was coming off a 1984 season in which he led the American League in starts with 36. He also led the league in home runs allowed with 35.
My observation on the front: There are certain cards where you can tell the player is tall just by looking at the photo. Smithson looks like an absolute giant.
More opinion from me: I don't think pit stains were part of the bargain in becoming a baseball card collector.
Something you might know: After coming over from the Rangers in the deal that sent outfielder Gary Ward to Texas, Smithson was the Twins' No. 2 starter behind Frank Viola in 1984 and 1985.
Something you might not know: Smithson is the athletic director at Hickman County High School in his native Centerville, Tenn.
My observation on the back: Yup, the photo on the front didn't lie. He's 6-8.
The blog wants to speak now: Really tired after a 12-hour day full of new work stuff. I'll sit this one out.