Sunday, June 14, 2015

649th Place - Steve Jeltz

Card #126

Two things jump out on the back of Steve Jeltz's baseball card.  First, he was born in Paris, France.  He's one of only a handful of French-born players in MLB history.  Second, he claimed his home as Lawrence, Kansas.  It makes a lot more sense when you learn he played ball at the University of Kansas.  Rock, chalk, jheri curl!  According to Facebook, he still lives and works near there.

Jeltz has a bit of a tongue-in-cheek, cult following.  MLB even did a feature on him recently.  Jeltz was an all glove, no stick shortstop during his tenure in the bigs.  Heading into 1988 he was carrying a lifetime slugging percentage of .268, which you just don't see in this day and age like you did back in the eighties.  Perhaps the ultimate testament to his skills, or lack thereof, is his appearance in the Urban Dictionary.

The card itself is fairly boring, with his Hefty bag warm-up jersey creating a blob of maroon over half the card.  It almost causes you to overlook the matching batting gloves.  He does rock that flap-less batting helmet, though.  

2 comments:

  1. That MLB piece notes that he was a bounty hunter after his major league career. Pretty unusual for an ex-MLBer.

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  2. It's a pretty good article - I found the Phillies history with brain tumors to be quite disturbing, though...

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