Saturday, April 30, 2011


I've added another autograph to my collection, Steve "Rainbow" Trout.

This is the second Cubs player from Fleer's Nickname Greats set that I've picked up, and I really like these.

Steve Trout came to the Cubs in a trade with the White Sox on January 25, 1983. It was a six player swap, with four going to the Sox and two coming north. You don't see many big trades like that anymore.

His best season with the Cubs was 1984, when he went 13-7. He also won game two of the 1984 NLCS, pitching a complete game as the Cubs beat the Padres 4-2.

Trout got off to a great start in 1985, winning six of his first seven decisions. But a nerve problem in his arm landed him on the DL in July. At one point during the 1985 season, Trout and the entire starting rotation ended up on the DL together. That was a nightmare of a season! He finished the year 9-7, not bad, but definitely a drop-off from a 6-1 start.

His next season saw the woes continue, as he went 5-7 and ended up spending some time in the bullpen.

He got off to a strong start in 1987, going 6-3 and the Cubs decided to sell high, trading him to the Yankees. It was a smart move, as Trout went 0-4 with a 6.60 ERA in New York. Two more mediocre seasons in Seattle followed, and by age 31, Trout was cooked.

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