Tuesday, June 14, 2016

601st Place - Tom O'Malley

Card #77

I want to break from my normal format and draw attention to a situation many of you are probably aware of, but just in case you aren't, here you go...

A few years ago the very first baseball card blog I found on the interwebs was Kevin over on "Orioles Card 'O' the Day."  I'm an Orioles fan too, and somehow stumbled onto his site.  It is an AWESOME baseball card blog.  And Kevin was my "gateway drug" to other sites.  It's because of Kevin I know that night owls aren't just birds, that Bob walks the plank, that there's something special about plays at the plate, and he's the reason the 1988 Topps Tim Wallach All-Star card will be ranked so high on this countdown.  In other words, I know all of you and the tremendous world of baseball card blogs because of Kevin.

Again, most of you are aware, but Kevin and his wife are going through a heck of a situation right now.  They're expecting their first child together all while his wife is battling cancer.  As a husband and father of three I can't imagine my wife having cancer, let alone while she's with child.  Their insurance isn't the greatest when it comes to covering the expenses of all this, so I wanted to dedicate this Tom O'Malley entry as a link to their GoFundMe page.  (And Tom O'Malley is a former Oriole so it's kind of related...right?)  Maybe we can all skip a trip to the card aisle this week and help Kevin instead?

Anyway - thank you Kevin for doing what you do, and thank you everyone else for taking the time to visit this site.  My family is moving into a new house in the next couple of weeks so I have to pack my cards for now.  I'll get back to posting once we've finished relocating.  God bless you all!




Saturday, June 4, 2016

602nd Place - Ted Power

Card #236

"I've got the power!!!"

If that wasn't Ted Power's entrance music starting in 1990, what a wasted opportunity...

By the time this card came out Ted Power was no longer a Red.  He was traded to the Royals with Kurt Stillwell for Danny Jackson.  Jackson would become a prominent member of the 1990 World Series winning rotation for Cincinnati, so that worked out better for the Reds than it did Power.

Power rose through the loaded Los Angeles Dodgers minor league system as a starting pitcher but got converted to a reliever once he reached the majors.  It took a couple of years to adjust, but he got the hang of it.  In 1984 he led the NL in games and had a 2.82 ERA and then in 1985 he was used more as a closer, notching 27 saves.

But in 1987, the most recent year on the back of this card, he was suddenly a starting pitcher again.  He went 10-13 with a 4.50 ERA and split time as a starter and reliever in 1988 for the Royals and Tigers.

Power has the unusual distinction of starting a game in the post season while only appearing as a reliever during the regular season.  Power bounced around until his career ended after the 1993 season.  There's a great interview with him here highlighting his career and, specifically, his time with the Cleveland Indians.

I like Ted Power, but this card is kind of "meh" to me.