Today's post might be a first....no pictures of any Cubs cards.
Instead, I've got a card that while not a Cub, is still Cubs-related.
This is Cubs TV color man Bob Brenly's Topps Big card from 1988. I picked up the whole set recently and this card stood out.
Bob doesn't look too much different today than the picture on the card. But here is what caught my eye. Look on the back.
There are three different cartoons. The one that really grabbed my attention was this one.
Bob Brenly, a catcher with catcher-like "speed," hit an inside the park home run!! It was 26 years ago today that he accomplished the feat. I've enjoyed the many stories Bob has told during Cubs telecasts about his playing career. His tale about his four errors in one inning game (which he later won with a walk-off home run) is classic. But I don't recall him talking about an inside the park home run. So I did some digging around the web to see what I could find.
The game was in Montreal on August 29, 1984. Brenly hit a line to center field that went off of Tim Raines' glove. I'm guessing it rolled to the wall and Bob sprinted (?) around the bases. The way the card describes it, you would think it was a walk off. But since the game was Montreal, the Expos got one more crack at bat to tie the game but failed.
I've sent an email to Len and Bob about this momentous event. I sure hope that Bob adds some details. I'd love to hear his version of the story.