Thursday, September 1, 2016

#571 - Charlie Hough

What a card: Charlie Hough had completed one of his busiest seasons of his career when this card was issued. He led the league in starts with 36 and complete games with 17 in 1984 and also in hits allowed (260).

My observation on the front: Hough looks like a tourist in the stands.

More opinion from me: I was always annoyed that Hough did so well for himself after he left the Dodgers. Ten years as a decent reliever with L.A. and he chucked all that for the glamour of a starter's job with Texas and then later the White Sox and Marlins.

Something you might know: Hough pitched 25 seasons in the majors, thanks to his dancing knuckler (he was the first knuckleball pitcher I ever knew), going from giving up the last of Reggie Jackson's three home runs in Game 6 of the 1977 World Series to starting the first regular-season game in Florida Marlins history in 1993.

Something you might not know: Hough once had nine balks called on him in a single game in 1988. Seven of them were in one inning. It came during a Texas spring training game against Toronto and the umpires were cracking down on balks, issuing 20 overall during the games played that day.

My observation on the front: Hough was born at an Army hospital in Honolulu. His father, also a third baseman in semipro ball, was a Prisoner of War in Japan for 3 1/2 years.

The blog wants to speak now: Got to get up early, so no updates tonight.

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