Wednesday, April 20, 2016

#525 - Darrell Porter

What a card: Darrell Porter had just completed what would be his final full season as a starter and was entering his final year with the Cardinals when this card was issued.

My observation on the front: It would not be a Darrell Porter card without those famed frames. I could find only one card in which he's not wearing glasses. It's his 1973 Topps card.

More opinion from me: If Porter's story isn't the biggest deterrent to doing drugs, I don't know what is.

Something you might know: Porter won the MVP award for both the 1982 NLCS and the World Series. He won three World Series titles, one with the Royals and two with the Cardinals.

Something you might not know: When Porter died in 2002 from the effects of cocaine use, it was just before the Cardinals were to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their 1982 World Series title. The manager of that team, Whitey Herzog, called Porter on Monday about the dinner and golf tournament and then Porter died on Wednesday. All of the members of the team showed for the reunion and put his number on their golf shirts.

My observation on the back: Porter's agreement with the Cardinals made him the highest paid catcher in the game at the time.

The blog wants to speak now: The Ballgames category is updated with perhaps the most famous ballgame of 1985.

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