Thursday, January 12, 2017

579th Place - Joel Skinner

Card #109

I've always had a soft spot for Joel Skinner, thanks to his 1985 "Father and Son" card with his dad, Bob.  Bob was a pretty good ballplayer back in the day, managing a couple of All-Star team appearances and even MVP votes in two separate seasons.  At 85 years old he's still alive and kicking!

Joel was less successful, making a career as a backup catcher over nine big league seasons.  Like many ex-catchers, though, he's spent most of his post-playing days as a manager and coach throughout professional baseball. He even got half a season of work as the manager of the Cleveland Indians back in 2002 when Charlie Manuel lost his job in a contract dispute.  Despite a fairly successful stint Skinner didn't land that job permanently.  He most recently coached in Winston-Salem.


3 comments:

  1. I interviewed Skinner several times during his first year as a manager. He was cordial. Not very exciting, but cordial.

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  2. I met him a couple of times when he managing Cleveland's Double-A team. He was very nice. I had him sign an 85 that had already been signed by his Dad. he told me that's his favorite card of all the ones that have been made of him.

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  3. That's an awesome story - and an awesome card to have two signatures!

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