Thursday, August 18, 2016

#566 - Ed Vande Berg

What a card: Ed Vande Berg was coming off the only major league season in which he worked as a starting pitcher. Granted, 33 of his appearances in 1984 were in relief, but the 17 starts he made were the only ones of his seven-year career.

My observation on the front: Have you ever wondered how things would be different if more modern players followed Rollie Fingers' lead and wore a handlebar mustache? I never did until viewing this card just now.

More opinion from me: The weird placement of the position abbreviation in this set looks even more glaring here with the space in Vande Berg's last name. I just want to throw that P in there and make him "Vandepberg".

Something you might know: Vande Berg was a situational left-handed reliever who appeared in 78 games his rookie year in 1982 and finished fourth in the ROY voting.

Something you might not know: Vande Berg gave up the last hit of Reggie Jackson's career. It came on the final day of the 1987 season. Jackson, pinch-hitting for the A's against Vande Berg's Indians, singled up the middle in the eighth inning and was then removed for a pinch-runner.

My observation on the back: Vande Berg was on the 1978 World Cup roster for the United States. His teammates included Terry Francona, Atlee Hammaker, Tim Leary, Mark Thurmond and Tim Wallach.

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