Saturday, October 26, 2013

706th Place - Mike Maddux

Card #756

We're going to add a new label for this one:


We all know Mike as Greg's big brother and as a well regarded pitching coach.  He's also floated his name out there for the open Tigers managerial job. 

Mike bounced around quite a bit in the bigs, though he did manage to pitch through the 2000 season.  Still, this card is bland.

Who's that standing behind Maddux?  That would be reigning Cy Young winner Steve Bedrosian.  Way to class it up, Maddux! 

Monday, October 21, 2013

707th Place - Chris Brown

Card #568

There are so many treasures in this card - let's begin.

The hefty bag shirt under the jersey.  This is one of the fashion mysteries of 70's/80's era baseball.  Can you imagine wearing that in San Diego in the middle of summer?  You'd have a heat stroke.

The wristbands.  These were another staple of late 80's/early 90's diamond style.  They were charity related - here's a fun look back at them.

The jersey number necklace.  I poked around on his Baseball-Reference page and it looks like he wore #35 on every team he played for.  I was wondering if this might be an airbrush since many of the players involved in Brown's mid-1987 trade suffered that fate in this Topps set.  The necklace doesn't provide any clues on that front.

The primary reason I have Brown ranked so low is how poorly the picture is centered.  I'm assuming he's down a foul line at old Jack Murphy Stadium.  That green concrete wall adds nothing to the card.  Sadly, after a failed professional career, surviving the Iraq war as a contracted driver, and setting his house on fire, he died of burns back in 2006.  At least he wasn't the worst guy out there with the name Chris Brown.

Saturday, October 5, 2013

708th Place - Ross Jones

Card #169

This card has always faked me out.  Even tonight, as I pulled the card out to scan it, Ross Jones fooled me again.  When I look at this picture I automatically assume it's a pitcher's pose.

Wrong!  Ross Jones is a shortstop!

This is, I believe, the only Topps card ever made for Jones.  At 27 years old in 1987 Ross got his third and final cup of coffee in the majors.  He hit an empty .254 over 39 games.  He lasted one more season in AAA but hung up the spikes after that.

Ross Jones wrote about Ross Jones previously, but not the Ross Jones you're thinking of.  Or the other Ross Jones you're thinking of.