Tuesday, January 24, 2017

#621 - Marvis Foley

What a card: Marvis Foley played his first season with the Rangers in 1984, appearing in 63 games. But he would be released by Texas before this card showed up in packs. This is his final Topps card.

My observation on the front: Foley spent most of his career with the White Sox, and he had a bushy beard, hair and a mustache then. Seeing this card of a clean-shaven Foley was bizarre, and a little bit sad.

More opinion from me: Topps, as it often did then, went with the more formal "Marvis" on Foley's cards, although he was more commonly called "Marv".

Something you might know: Foley jumped into managing immediately after his career and headed several successful minor league teams. He's the only manager to lead a team to a title in all three major Triple A leagues (there are just two now). He won the Pacific Coast title in 1989, the American Association title in 1993, and the International League title in 1997.

Something you might not know: Foley coached in the Rockies system for more than a decade. In 2013, he called Class A catcher Tom Murphy the best catching prospect he had seen in all his time watching players for the Rockies. Murphy is now catching for Colorado.

My observation on the back: Topps is determined to give us a stadium trivia question for every team, it seems. I'll have to go back at the end of this blog and see if it covered every team.

The blog wants to speak now: The Other Cards category is updated.

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