Tuesday, March 15, 2016
#512 - Tom Brookens
What a card: Tom Brookens was coming off a season as the main utilityman for the 1984 World Champion Tigers when this card was issued. Manager Sparky Anderson wanted hitting at every position and Howard Johnson hit better than Brookens at third.
My observation on the front: Did Brookens knock one out in this photo? He had just five homers in 1984.
More opinion from me: Every time I hear about Brookens now I remember a young sportswriter telling me how Brookens gave him a hard time when Brookens was managing in the New York-Penn League. I liked the sportswriter, he's a likeable guy. So, I'm not too pleased with Brookens.
Something you might know: Brookens played in two postseasons for the Tigers (1984 and 1987), but didn't get a single hit in any of the games. He went 0-for-18 in 10 games.
Something you might not know: Brookens has an identical twin, Tim, who also played in the Tigers organization.
My observation on the back: Since Wilson's 1982 batting title, A.L. switch-hitters Bernie Williams (1998) and Bill Mueller (2003) were batting champions.
The blog wants to speak now: The TV category is updated.