Sunday, August 9, 2009

Five Random Cubs Cards

I have 5,452 Cubs cards from 17 different brands. A random number generator picked five of them. Here they are in the order selected.

Today the random number generator was Dolly Parton: it was very Topps heavy!

Topps 1975 #258 Dave LaRoche He had a really bad tenure with the Cubs, who had obtained him from the Twins in 1973 for Bill Hands. In 1974 he was 5-6 with a 4.79 ERA. In February of 1975 he was traded to the Indians, so he never suited up with the Cubs in 1975.

Topps 1956 #102 Jim Davis
I've heard of Jim Davis, the cartoonist who draws Garfield the Cat. And I'm familiar with the late actor Jim Davis who played Jock on Dallas. But I must confess I never heard of Cubs pitcher Jim Davis. The back of the card tells us he was a reliever and a knuckleballer. In 1956 Davis was 5-7 for the Cubs, who traded him after the season to the Cardinals. Davis split '57 between the Cards and the Giants and was out of baseball after 1957.

Topps 1999 #18T Ron Walker
Walker was the Cubs 8th round draft choice in 1997. He was in the Cubs organization for four seasons, but never rose above AA. He got the card based on his performance in 1998, when he smashed 24 home runs at Daytona, a high A team. He spent most of 1999 in AA but saw his power numbers drop to only 9 home runs and his average was only .219. Those are the kind of numbers that will stall a career.

Topps 1976 #34 Mike Garman
He came to the Cubs from the Cardinals after the 1975 season in exchange for Don Kessinger. That is why he has a really bad airbrush job on his hat. His only season with the Cubs was 1976 and one season was enough. He 2-4 with a 4.95 ERA. He was then sent to the Dodgers along with Rick Monday for Bill Buckner and Ivan DeJesus.

Upper Deck 1993 #488 Greg Maddux
This is a very painful card to look at because Greg Maddux did not pitch for the Cubs in 1993. After winning the Cy Young for the Cubs in 1992, Maddux became a free agent and signed with the Braves.

1 comment:

  1. And for those of you who didn't know it, Dave LaRoche is the father of Adam and Andy. It would make up for his time at the Cubs if he convinced them to play for the Cubs. I like them.