Friday, July 15, 2016

#554 - Doug Flynn

What a card: Doug Flynn was entering his final major league season when this card was issued. He would be released by Montreal in June of 1985, picked up by the Tigers for the rest of the season, and then released by the Tigers in spring training 1986.

My observation on the front: Eye black when eye black wasn't war paint.

More opinion from me: I admit I always look at wikipedia for these posts to get a foundation of the player's background before going to other sources for support or more information. I'm sure others who do baseball research have noticed this: anyone who has played for the Mets features an extensive wikipedia page. There must be some rabid Mets fan making sure every player on that team gets their due. (P.S. Flynn played for the Mets and his wikipedia page is very detailed).

Something you might know: Flynn was one of the four players the Reds traded on June 15, 1977 to obtain pitcher Tom Seaver from the Mets.

Something you might not know: Flynn, a country music fan, toured with the Oak Ridge Boys during the baseball strike of 1981. While with the Reds in the late 1970s, he got to know Loretta Lynn and her band, the Coal Miners. Flynn even sang country music as an act at night clubs in New York during the offseason.

My observation on the back: The factoid tells no lies. Rose did indeed introduce Flynn to his wife. Olga Munez was a cheerleader for the Philadelphia Eagles in 1982 when she agreed to go on a double date with Flynn, Rose and Rose's girlfriend. Munez was engaged at the time, but she ended up marrying Flynn and they remain married today.

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Jason T. Carter said...

After his career, Flynn worked on some anti-drug campaigns in Frankfort, Kentucky. He may be the first big leaguer I ever met, and I got a handful of in-person autographs.

Anagramsci said...

I'll never forgive Flynn (or Expos management) for single-handedly destroying Montreal's offense with his .240/no walk/no power flailing during the second half of 1982 and the entire 1983 season. If they'd used a second baseman who was anywhere near a league average hitter (or, in the case of Tim Raines, far, far, better than that), they would almost certainly have won the NL East both times.