Tuesday, April 28, 2009

HHR: 1977: The Year of the Pro Slo-Pitch Player

The 70's was a different era. It was a time when a man was a man, and wasn't afraid to flaunt his masculinity.

It was also a time of cockamamie ideas as evidenced by the short-lived and ill-fated American Professional Slo-Pitch League - a startup founded by a gentleman named Bill Bryne that featured a dozen teams, including the manly Pittsburgh Hardhats, Kentucky Bourbons, and perhaps the toughest team of all, the Minnesota Goofy's.

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Wednesday, April 8, 2009

Unconventional Methods

Brady Anderson
Outfielder, Baltimore Orioles
1991 Donruss #668

Donruss Fact: Career Homeruns (3 Seasons): 8
GMT Fact: Taking a page from Looney Toons, Anderson stepped into the batters box in '91 with an unheard of 7 bats in his hand. When that did little to improve his power numbers, he turned to sticking needles in his ass.

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Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Who are three people who have never been in my kitchen?

Ooooh sorry. The correct question was, "Who are 1984's three AL active career strikeout leaders, two of which will never be Hall of Famers?"

Bert Blyleven
Pitcher, Cleveland Indians
Don Sutton
Pitcher, Milwaukee Brewers
Jerry Koosman
Pitcher, Chicago White Sox
1984 Topps #716

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Friday, April 3, 2009

Cocaine is a Powerful Drug

Doc Gooden
Pitcher, New York Mets
1993 Topps Stadium Club #514

Topps Fact: Rookie Card 1984 Topps Traded
GMT Fact: While most people remember Gooden as a pitcher, when times got tough and Doc needed a quick score, certain pushers in Harlem (and certain Topps photographers) insisted he turn around and be a catcher.

Note: For the life of me, I can't figure out the stat line on this card. It must be an error, no? It has Gooden playing 31 games, hitting .255 with 93 runs, 11 HRs and 86 RBI.

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