Friday, June 30, 2017

#676 - Albert Hall

What a card: This is Albert Hall's rookie card after he received the most playing time of his career to this point in 1984, appearing in 87 games for the Braves.

My observation on the front: The Braves seem to be playing an exhibition game against the Royals judging by the photo background.

More opinion from me: When Albert Hall reached the majors, I couldn't listen to "A Day In The Life" by the Beatles the same way again. "Now they know how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall." Of course, the Beatles were singing about Royal Albert Hall in London.

Something you might know: Hall was the first Atlanta Brave to hit for the cycle. He tripled in his final at-bat to complete the feat on Sept.23, 1987 against the Astros.

Something you might not know: The MLB Players Association filed a grievance on the behalf of Hall in 1989, who was released by the Braves out of spring training less than a month after he sought treatment for alcohol abuse. After completing the program, he appeared in just two games for the Braves before he was released. The Players Union sought his reinstatement by the Braves. Hall ended up signing a minor league deal with the Pirates for the '89 season and appeared in 20 games for Pittsburgh.

My observation on the back: Of course, the new AL record for most saves in a season is Francisco Rodriguez with 62 in 2008, also the major league record.

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