Monday, July 6, 2015
642nd Place - Bob Walk
With all due respect to one of the best baseball card blogs on the interwebs, I've got Bob Walk coming in at 642nd place!
Bob Walk certainly has a distinctive place in Pirates history, but his MLB career started in 1980 with the Philadelphia Phillies. Despite giving up six runs in seven innings, he earned a win in the World Series that year.
He was off to Atlanta the next season and after 1982 had trouble sticking in the majors until appearing in 44 games for Pittsburgh in 1986. The year this card was printed, 1988, was probably his best. He made his lone All-Star team while pitching a career-high 212 innings. He also led the league in fewest home runs per innings pitched.
Walk cemented his place in Pittsburgh lore with his unexpected, complete game win in the infamous 1992 NLCS. Sadly, he was warming up in the bullpen when Sid Bream scored the controversial final run of the series.
Walk has spent the past two decades as a beloved member of the Pirates broadcasting team. Here's a fun link explaining how he walked away from the game and stepped immediately into the announcing booth.