Wednesday, 16 May 2018

92 - Delino DeShields

Front photo: Looking casual.

Back photo: Sliding into third, or back to first, safely.

Better photo?: When in doubt, take the more Collector's Choice-ish one of the two. The front.

Ties to my personal collections:  An Expo.

Paragraphs in wikipedia entry: 8 (not counting the list of Highlights)

Wiki-facts: "nicknamed "Bop""

Google it: If you search "Delino DeShields", without specifying Sr or Jr, only 2 of the first 10 results give you this DeShields.

How was his strike shortened 1994? He was traded to Los Angeles (for some guy named Pedro Martinez) and batted .250 with 2 HR and 33 RBI.

Birthday boy: January 15, 1969. A couple former NFLers, Leonard Wheeler and Chris Thome were also born on 1/15/69, along with NHLer Adam Burt.

The Soviet Union launched Soyuz 5 on that date as well.

Up Next: Rob Dibble

Monday, 23 April 2018

91 - Jim DeShaies

Front photo: Pitching.

Back photo: Jogging? Standing still?

Better photo?: A bland draw.

Silver Sig Parallel:
Ties to my personal collections:  None.

Paragraphs in wikipedia entry: 9.

Wiki-facts: "In 2001, Deshaies ran a tongue-in-cheek campaign urging Baseball Writers Association of America voters to elect him to the Baseball Hall of Fame, even though he knew that he was not qualified for the honor. His goal was to get one vote in the Hall of Fame election, which succeeded when Houston Chronicle writer John Lopez voted for him."

Google it: Watch him start a game with 8 straight strike outs:
How was his stike shortened 1994? 6-12 with a 7.39 ERA with the Twins. Lead the league in ERA and HR allowed. Ouch. But, he also lead the league with 25 starts with the Twins.

Birthday boy: June 23, 1960. Another former MLBer, John Rabb, was also born that day. Doug Rogers, who bounced around the NFL in the early/mid 90s, also claims that day. Finally, on 6/23/1960, Enovid, the first oral contraceptive (aka: the Pill) hit the market. That's quite a contrast to this section of the recap.

Up Next: 92 - Delino DeShields

Monday, 12 March 2018

90 - Rob Deer

Front photo: Standing there.

Back photo: Diving.

Better photo?: Considering he was more known for his slugging capabilities, the second photo is better. Since they both appear to be from the same game, due to the outfield wall, there's chance that this, like the previous card are both from the same sequence.

Ties to my personal collections:  None.

Paragraphs in wikipedia entry: 6

Wiki-facts: "Deer held the American League record for strikeouts in a season (186 strikeouts in 1987) until being passed by Jack Cust in 2008"

Google it: Has a baseball camp.

How was his stike shortened 1994? Played with the Hanshin Tigers.

Birthday boy: September 29, 1960. Also born that date was John Paxson, who picked up a trio of NBA Championships in the early 90s with the Bulls. The world of wrestling can claim David Sammartino.

Up Next: 91 - Jim Deshaies

Sunday, 4 February 2018

89 - Darry Darwin


Front photo: The wind-up.

Back photo: The pitch.

Better photo?: Pretty much a draw, but if the back photo is a continuation of the first, that's a pretty cool draw.

Ties to my personal collections: Future Toronto Blue Jay for part of the 1995 season.

Paragraphs in wikipedia entry: 16

Wiki-facts: "Darwin was nicknamed "Doctor Death" by Houston Astros teammate Nolan Ryan because of how tough Darwin was and all the fights he had purportedly won."

Google it: His jersey was retired by his high school in Bonham, TX.

How was his stike shortened 1994? A respectable 7-5, but with a 6.30 ERA.

Birthday boy: October 25, 1955. He shares that baseball birthday with 9-season MLBer Tommy Boggs. Around the sporting world, NHLer Terry Martin and the awesomely nicknamed Dirt (Dennis) Winston from the NFL were also born that date. Also laying claim to 10/25/55 are trombonist Robin Eubanks and actress Glynis Barber.

Up Next: 90 - Rob Deer

Friday, 29 December 2017

88 - Ron Darling


Front photo: Reacting to something?

Back photo: Pitching

Better photo?: Whatever he was reacting to deserved a full extension with the horizontal photo. I'll pick that one.

Ties to my personal collections: Former Met, and also a former Expo. He never received any cards from his 3 game (0-2, 7.41) stint in Montreal.

Paragraphs in wikipedia entry: 44

Wiki-facts: "Darling began his college career for the Yale Bulldogs in the Ivy League as a position player, and did not pitch regularly until his sophomore season."

Google it: There are so many fun things when you search through his video results. How about him discussing the curveball with Neil Degrasse Tyson?

How was his strike shortened 1994? Was co-leader in the league with 25 games started, going 10-11 with a 4.50 ERA.

Birthday boy: August 19, 1960. Sap Randall, who played  4 games with the White Sox was also born that date. There's a Hall of Famer born that date, NFL kicker Morten Andersen. Morten shares the day with a teammate in New Orleans, QB Bobby Hebert.

Up Next: 89 - Danny Darwin

Monday, 11 December 2017

87 - Chad Curtis

87 - Chad Curtis

Front photo: It exists.

Back photo: It exists.

Better photo?: It doesn't matter.

Ties to my personal collections: Thankfully, none.

Paragraphs in wikipedia entry: 33

Wiki-facts: "Curtis was convicted in 2013 of sexually assaulting three underage girl students while he was a volunteer weight-room strength trainer at Lakewood High School, in Lake Odessa, Michigan, and is serving 7–15 years in prison as a felon."

As for something baseball related:

"In May 1997, after Curtis objected to lyrics of a rap song teammate Kevin Mitchell was playing in the clubhouse, and shut off the clubhouse stereo, he exchanged punches with Mitchell, who threw him over a ping pong table."

Google it: He just lost a 1.8 million dollar lawsuit from one of his student victims.

How was his strike shortened 1994? .256 with 11 HR and 50 RBI.

Birthday boy: November 6, 1968. Actress Kelly Rutherford is lucky enough to share her birth date with him.

Up Next: 88 - Ron Darling

Saturday, 2 December 2017

86 - Tim Costo


86 - Tim Costo

Front photo: On the way to first base.

Back photo: Talking (yelling?) at somebody.

Better photo?: A dull combination.

Ties to my personal collections: He spent 1998 with the Jays minor league affiliate in Syracuse.

Paragraphs in wikipedia entry: 2

Wiki-facts: "He had a nine-year minor League career."

Google it: He's now the head baseball school at McCallie, a boarding school in Chattanooga, Tennessee.

How was his stike shortened 1994? Must have been hurt, as he only had 19 games with the Reds AAA affiliate. Batted .194 with 5 RBI and 0 HR.

Birthday boy: February 16, 1969. Nothing from the *-reference world that date, but my wrestling fandom notes that David "Gangrel" Heath was also born that date.

Up Next: 87 - Chad Curtis Oh boy...