Today we are honored to induct the first ever member into the Gem Mint Ten Hall of Fame.
It is our pleasure to announce the inclusion of the great Steven Rance Mulliniks into this esteemed institution.
He had the look. He had the name. Most of all, he had the glasses, the mustache and the general awkwardness of an IT guy living in his parents' basement.
When Rance Mulliniks stepped to the plate, kids across America (and Canada) thought to themselves, "If this guy can make it to the Big Leagues, why the hell can't I?"
According to the end-all, be-all Wikipedia, Rance:
- Batted over .300 three times (1984, 1987 and 1988) and demonstrated great patience at the plate
- Was named to Sports Illustrated's Dream Team as a utility infielder in 1984.
- Is the west coast colour commentator for Rogers Sportsnet's Blue Jays coverage, and starting in 2007, he is also a colour commentator alongside Jim Hughson and Jesse Barfield on CBC Sports, broadcasting Blue Jays baseball.
A fielding play where Mulliniks missed the ball was once described as "Rance does a dance, but no chance."
Today, we salute you, Rance. And thank you for the hope and laughs you brought us throughout your career.
Clockwise from Top Left:
- 1989 Donruss #87
- 1992 Fleer #337
- 1989 Fleer #242
- 1991 Donruss #663
- 1991 Topps #229
- 1988 Topps #167