Saturday, September 26, 2015

630th Place - John Cangelosi

Card #506

John Cangelosi is getting loose in the on-deck circle in this shot, which is a nice change of pace from the typical baseball card poses.  It might just be my card, but the image is blurry.

Cangelosi had a long and interesting career, debuting with the White Sox and setting the rookie record for stolen bases in 1986 with 50.  Cangelosi's calling card for the rest of his career was his speed, though he would never approach 50 again.  He couldn't hit for power worth a lick but he had an excellent eye, ending his career with more walks than strikeouts and an impressive .370 OBP.

If you believe his Wikipedia page, he was the first batter Hall of Fame pitcher Randy Johnson every faced in a big league game.  He's also the first position player to pitch in a game for the Florida Marlins.  Cangelosi has a World Series ring from the 1997 Marlins team.

What's he up to these days?  Glad you asked!  He runs a baseball clinic out of Bo Jackson's sports complex in Lockport, IL.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

631st Place - Ken Gerhart

Card #271

I'm awarding Gerhart a "product placement" label for his bat, which was produced by Worth.  They couldn't have been more pleased with how perfectly their name was shown on this card.  The image on the bat reminds me of the lightning strike found on Wonder Boy.  Do you think Gerhart used the Savoy Special after his Worth broke?

Gerhart looked like a promising hitter in 1988.  He was coming off a season where he knocked 14 home runs in just 284 at-bats.  He even added nine steals.  But '88 would be his last season in the pros.  He played 1989 in Triple A but he was hit by a pitch in his wrist the following year, and that was the end of his career.  When he walked down the street he just wanted people to look at him and say, "There goes Ken Gerhart, the best there ever was in this game."