Monday, March 12, 2018
#765 - Willie Randolph
What a card: Willie Randolph supplied a career-high 162 hits in 1984 as he remained a model of consistency for the Yankees during this time period.
My observation on the front: This is the first time since he started appearing on Topps cards in 1976 that Randolph is shown in the field. He'd appear in the field again in 1988 and 1992.
More opinion from me: Randolph was one of the most irritating Yankees in terms of ability (not attitude) during the late 1970s/early 1980s Yankee-Dodger clashes. He always seemed to come through. My opinion of him softened when he signed with the Dodgers in 1988.
Something you might know: A former co-captain of the Yankees, Randolph managed the Mets to the NLCS in 2006.
Something you might not know: Reggie Jackson claims in his book "Becoming Mr. October" that Randolph was the only black player on the Yankees who reached out to him. Jackson, whose support among Yankee teammates was less than tepid, said that rest of the black players "were always supporting the other side."
My observation on the back: That one season for the Pirates really stands out, especially at the time when we all believed Randolph would remain a Yankee for the rest of his career.
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