Wednesday, April 17, 2019
#120T - Mickey Tettleton
What a card: This is the 29th rookie card in the 1985 Topps Traded set. Tettleton played in 78 games for the A's in 1985, but the future power-hitter hit just three home runs in 211 at-bats.
My observation on the front: That appears to be the back of a scoreboard in the background of the photo. You don't see that a lot on cards.
More opinion from me: It's just now occurring to me that if this design was made today, the "A's" would be spelled out as "ATHLETICS" and how terrible that would look.
Something you might know: Tettleton was fond of Fruit Loops cereal and his food choice became so popular that fans would send him boxes of the cereal to sign.
Something you might not know: Tettleton once held the record for most strikeouts in a season by a switch hitter with 160 in 1990. That record is now 217, set just last year by the White Sox's Yoan Moncada.
My observation on the back: Tettleton was named after Mickey Mantle. Both are Oklahoma natives. Maybe pick a Mantle trivia question?
The blog wants to speak now: The Music category is updated.