Friday, March 11, 2016

#511 - Lee Smith

What a card: Lee Smith was coming off his first 30-save season when this card was issued. He actually recorded his worst ERA of the 1980s at 3.65, but was a key part of the Cubs' pennant in 1984.

My observation on the front: Smith appears to be heading over to cover first.

More opinion from me: He's a big man. You can see it.

Something you might know: Third all-time in career saves (478), Smith held the all-time mark for nine years until it was broken by Trevor Hoffman in 2006.

Something you might not know: Lee Smith appears in the movie Ferris Bueller's Day Off. He is shown pitching in a game against the Braves on a television at the restaurant counter at a pizza place. It's supposed to be the same game that Ferris and his friends are attending at Wrigley Field. (Ed Rooney asks the pizza cook watching the game what the score is. The cook tells him "nothing nothing" and Rooney responds with "who's winning?" which causes the cook to say, "The Bears."

My observation on the back: I wonder how the Cubs felt about Smith racing cars on dirt tracks?

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

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