Thursday, 6 July 2017

82 - Jeff Conine

Front photo: Looks like he's slowing up rounding third.

Back photo: Pick-off attempt.

Better photo?: Neither one is that interesting. A dull draw.

Ties to my personal collections: Was a Met for a small run at the end of the 2007 season, but didn't appear to get any cards out of the deal.

Paragraphs in wikipedia entry: 21

Wiki-facts: "Griffin, his son, plays baseball at Duke University and was drafted by the Marlins in the 31st round of the 2015 MLB draft." That's actually a one-up on dad, who was a 58th rounder.

Google it: Looks like he, along with other Marlins employees, will run in 7 marathons in 7 days on 7 continents.

How was his stike shortened 1994? Was an all-star, going .319/18/82.

Birthday boy:  June 27, 1966. Among the * world, only RJ Kors, a former NFL safety was born that date. Also born that date was former Latvian PM Aigars KalvÄ«tis.

Up Next: 83 - Scott Cooper

Saturday, 10 June 2017

81 - David Cone

Front photo: Pitching

Back photo: Holding the ball

Better photo?: I love the front photo. Great usage of the horizontal design to show the full stretch.

Silver Signature:

Ties to my personal collections: Played for both the Jays and Mets, having two separate stints with both teams.

Paragraphs in wikipedia entry: 30 (his perfect game is a separate article)

Wiki-facts: "He attended Rockhurst High School, a Jesuit school, where he played quarterback on the football team, leading them to the district championship."

Google it: On the first page is a link that alludes to some of his 80s hijinx.

How was his stike shortened 1994? Went 16-5 with a 2.94 ERA, picking up the Cy Young.

Birthday boy:  January 2, 1963. He shares it with another really good player in Edgar Martinez. The only other person across the *-reference world is Neal Coulter, who played a handful of games for the Islanders in the 80s.

Up Next: 82 - Jeff Conine

Friday, 5 May 2017

80 - Royce Clayton

80 - Royce Clayton

Front photo: Seems to be staring back in disbelief at a call.

Back photo: Being waved home, but doesn't appear to be in a hurry.

Better photo?: The rear photo is nice that includes the coach waving him home at the side, and that gives it the slight edge over the closely-cropped front pic.

Ties to my personal collections: Played part of the 2007 season in Toronto. Got several photoshop special cards, although his Upper Deck card does look like it is a legit photo of him on the team. He finished that season with a handful of games in Boston, and got a World Series ring out of it.

Paragraphs in wikipedia entry: 7

Wiki-facts: "Clayton portrayed Miguel Tejada in the 2011 film Moneyball"

Google it: Wanna buy his house?

How was his strike shortened 1994? 3 HR and 30 RBI with a .236 average.

Birthday boy:  January 2, 1970. The only person across the *-reference world born that day was 90s NFLer Glenn Cadrez.  Grammy-winning composer Eric Whitacre was also born that date.

Up Next: 81 - David Cone

Wednesday, 5 April 2017

79 - Jerald Clark

Front photo: Stretching downward for a catch.

Back photo: Throwing the ball on the infield.

Better photo?: With the position of OF-1B on the front of the card, it is nice that both positions appear in the photos. Gotta go with the front image, though.
Parallel: Silver Signature

Ties to my personal collections: None.

Paragraphs in wikipedia entry: 5

Wiki-facts: "In 1992, as a member of the Padres, Clark accomplished the rare feat of stealing home. Los Angeles Dodgers catcher Mike Scioscia and manager Tommy Lasorda went to the pitcher's mound to discuss strategy. In the meantime, Clark alertly realized they did not call time and sprinted home."

Google it: He's a realtor now, and does include his baseball history on his linkedin.

How was his stike shortened 1994? Spent it in Japan, with the Yakult Swallows. Got 415AB, and went .293 with 20 HR and 53 RBI. So, maybe not so strike-shortened?

Birthday boy: August 10, 1963. No MLB alum other than Clark were born that date. From football, Derek Burton, who played a few games with the 1987 Minnesota Vikings was born that date, but that's it across the *-reference world.

Up Next: Royce Clayton

Thursday, 9 March 2017

78 - Dave Clark

Front photo: Sliding.

Back photo: He's safe!

Better photo?: I hate to call it a draw, but the photos are obviously from the same play. Since they flow together so well, I have to call it even.

Ties to my personal collections: None.

Paragraphs in wikipedia entry: 10

Wiki-facts: His brother, Louis, is a former wide receiver for the Seattle Seahawks and Green Bay Packers.

Google it: Takes 5 pages to get to the first reference to this Dave Clark. Most on the earlier pages are about the Dave Clark 5.

How was his stike shortened 1994? Batted .296 with 10 HR and 46 RBI.

Birthday boy: September 3, 1962. None of his fellow MLB alumni were born that date, but former Jet/Eagle/Falcon Rich Miano was. Outside the sporting world, David De Roure, an English computer scientist is also a 9/3/62 baby. Poet E.E. Cummings (or e e cummings if you prefer) died on that date.

Up Next: 78 - Jerald Clark

Tuesday, 21 February 2017

77 - Archi Cianfrocco

Front photo: Taking the ball at a base.

Back photo: Laughing.

Better photo?: The front photo is pretty generic, until you look behind him. There's an Astros jersey. And that player looks to have a fielding glove as well. What oddball situation was this from? I don't know, but that's enough to give this to the front image.

Ties to my personal collections: Was a former Montreal Expo.

Paragraphs in wikipedia entry: 5

Wiki-facts: While playing for the Padres, he had multiple fan clubs, including "Archi's Army" and the "CianfrocCrew"

Google it: First video is described as this "Archi Cianfrocco Spits Inside & Outside Batting Helmet! "San Diego Padres"

How was his stike shortened 1994? 59 games played, with a .219 BA and 4 HR and 13 RBI.

Birthday boy: October 6, 1966. Only football reference has people that share that birthdate. Those are Walter Wilson, Ken Wilson and Jimmie Johnson. Johnson is neither the more famous coach or auto racer, but he did carve out a 10 year career in the NFL. Wikipedia lists actress Jacqueline Obradors (NYPD Blue) and musician Tommy Stinson as others born that day.

Up Next: 78 - Dave Clark

Thursday, 16 February 2017

76 - Wes Chamberlain

76 - Wes Chamberlain
Front photo: Looks like a very desperate slide attempt.
Back photo: Swinging.
Parallel: Silver Sig

Better photo?: With his feet on the grass while running the bases, that is certainly some CC oddness.

Ties to my personal collections: He signed with the Jays in 1996, but never played for them. Was traded to the Mets as well, but also never played a game for them.

Paragraphs in wikipedia entry: 4

Wiki-facts: "He also played one season in Nippon Professional Baseball for the Chiba Lotte Marines in 1996."

Google it: Nothing really notable on the first page, although his appearance in a World Series video earned him a credit at imdb.

How was his stike shortened 1994? 2/6 with a .275 average over 69 AB. This was his last season in Philly.

Birthday boy: April 13, 1966. Ken Hodge Jr is the only person listed at *-reference born that date. Marc Ford, formerly of the Black Crowes was also born that date.

Up Next: 77 - Archi Cianfranco