Friday, October 7, 2016

#584 - Kevin Gross

What a card: Kevin Gross was coming off his first full season in the majors when this card was issued. He appeared in 44 games in 1984, 30 of them in relief.

My observation on the front: This card looks similar to Gross' card in the 1989 Topps set.

More opinion from me: Gross appears virtually unchanged in his cards spanning his career from the mid-1980s to the late 1990s. He grew a mullet at the tail end of his career with the Rangers, but otherwise you can barely tell the difference from his rookie year to his final year.

Something you might know: Gross threw the only no-hitter of the 1992 season while with the Dodgers. He no-hit the Giants.

Something you might not know: Gross and Fernando Valenzuela once hit home runs off of each other in the same game. It happened on May 14, 1990 in a game won 3-2 by the Dodgers over the Expos. Gross' home run came first in the top of the third inning. Valenzuela followed with his home run as the first batter in the bottom of the third. Fernando's homer must have affected Gross more as he gave up two more runs in that inning.

My observation on the back: As you likely have concluded, many of Gross' paintings were of ducks.

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