Monday, January 2, 2017

#613 - Terry Puhl

What a card: Terry Puhl was coming off what would be his last full major league season when this card was issued. He played in 132 games in 1984, batting .301. But he'd endure two injury-plagued seasons in 1985 and 1986 and was a part-time player after that.

My observation on the front: Puhl's helmet looks a little too tight.

More opinion from me: This card features quite a few of those printing air bubbles that were commonplace on cards from the '70s and '80s.

Something you might know: The most successful Canadian hitter of the 1980s, Puhl hit a smoking .526 during the 1980 National League Championship Series against the Phillies.

Something you might not know: Puhl's first major league home run came in the Astros' first game of the 1978 season, off of Tom Seaver.

My observation on the back: Dave Stieb pitched the first three innings of the 1983 All-Star Game and was the pitcher of record when the AL recorded their seven-run third inning as Whitey Herzog left Atlee Hammaker in to get pasted. Let's review the inning shall we?

AL leading 2-1 when Hammaker enters the game to start the third.

Jim Rice: Home Run (AL leads 3-1)
George Brett: Triple (Hammaker still in the game)
Ted Simmons: Pop-up to second (one out)
Dave Winfield: Single (AL leads 4-1, Brett scores, Hammaker still in the game)
Manny Trillo: Single (Winfield to second, Hammaker still in the game)
Doug DeCinces: Fly Out (two outs)
Rod Carew: Single (AL leads 5-1, Winfield scores, Trillo to third, Carew advances to second on throw, Hammaker still in the game)
Robin Yount: Intentional Walk
Fred Lynn: Grand Slam (AL leads 9-1, Bill Dawley brought in from bullpen ... OH, let's replace Hammaker NOW).

Whitey Herzog was a piece of work.

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