Wednesday, June 1, 2016
#538 - Keith Moreland
What a card: Keith Moreland was entering what many consider his most productive major league season when this card was issued. He would compile 180 hits and knock in 106 in a career-high 161 games in 1985.
My observation on the front: I like this card. Back then, you didn't see the full back of a player's uniform very often. Now, it's kind of a Topps cliche. But it was different then.
More opinion from me: Moreland appears mildly irked by something.
Something you might know: Moreland was a versatile player who batted .333 in the 1980 World Series for the Phillies as a rookie and then batted the same for the Cubs in the 1984 NLCS against the Padres.
Something you might not know: Moreland's nickname "Zonk" began when he was playing Class A ball in Spartansburg, S.C. Moreland and some of his teammates would play "water football" in the shallow end of a swimming pool. Moreland was tough to tackle so his fellow players would compare him to former Dolphins fullback Larry Csonka.
My observation on the back: Gooden remains the youngest player to appear in an All-Star Game. Bryce Harper was 19 when he debuted in the 2012 All-Star Game, but Gooden was younger by a little more than a month.
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