Tuesday, April 9, 2013

753rd Place - Jim Dwyer

Card #521

The 1988 set came out after the 1987 season, and as many remember, '87 was the year of the juiced baseball.  There are a few theories out there on how that happened, but everybody acknowledges something was up.

Jim Dwyer could be the poster boy for the unusual power spike of 1987.  A career pinch hitter type, Dwyer put 15 balls over the fence in just 247 at bats.  That's nearly twice as many as he ever hit as an Oriole.  I'm sure he was enjoying it, considering he was already 37 years old at the time.

As for this card...it's pretty boring.  The palm tree in the background confirms this is a spring training shot.  I'd love to know what the wall advertisements are behind him, but alas, they're too obscured.

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