Thursday, July 23, 2015
639th Place - Chuck Crim
Here's something crazy - I'm posting this card on the same date as the player's birthday - happy 54th birthday Chuck Crim!
If I'm not mistaken this is Crim's rookie card. He was coming off a solid debut for the Brewers, as he pitched in 53 games and tallied 12 saves along with a 3.67 ERA. He got even better over the next two seasons, leading the American League in appearances both times and recording sub-3.00 ERA's. In his fifth season in Milwaukee, though, he began to lose his effectiveness. He hung on for a couple of more years with the Angels and pitched his last season for the Cubs in 1994.
Now you can find the Crim Reaper (not sure if that's his real nickname or one I just made up) serving as the bullpen coach for the Los Angeles Dodgers. Between retirement and his return to baseball, Crim spent time as a professional bass fisherman. So for the record, Chuck Crim had a fine baseball career, did the fishing thing, and also went to college at the University of Hawaii. I can't help but think Crim is living the ultimate life of leisure!