Monday, January 16, 2012

Name the Game: Matt Williams On the Back Style

I've got a couple more today, this time from Upper Deck 1991. With both of the cards, I'll be ignoring the front of the card, which just has a posed shot. It's the back of the card that I'll be dealing with. And with both cards, it's the same player, the Giant's Matt Williams, who is the key.

Up first is the Yankee's skipper, Joe Girardi.

Like I said, there's nothing on the front. It;'s just a standard pose shot in front of the batting cage at Wrigley Field. So we'll flip it over.

Here we see Matt Williams slide into home plate at Candlestick Park. The Cubs played only six games at Candlestick, so that really narrows things down. The card shows a day game, and four of the six were day games, narrowing things even further. One final clue: the umpire has a 4 on his sleeve. Those clues should all be enough....and they were.

The game is from game one of a doubleheader on July 8. In the first inning, Matt Williams hit a deep drive to left field. He chugged all the way to third and then scored on an error by center fielder Doug Dascenzo. Umpire Jerry Layne (#24) called him safe. Williams was not known for his speed and I bet he was gassed when he got back to the dugout.

Card #2 is of shortstop Shawon Dunston. The front is posed, with Dunston smiling. I have 125 different cards of Dunston and I bet he's smiling in every one of them.

Here's the back, and again, we've got Matt Williams involved. This time, he's not scoring; he's out at second. All I need to do is check the six games the Giants played in Chicago in 1990 and find a Williams force out at second. There was just one game that saw Williams out at second, on May 30. In the eight inning he led off with a single. Two hitters later, Terry Kennedy grounded into a 3-6-1 double play.

I'm two for two today, Hackenbush....does that restore your faith in me?? :)


  1. That's pretty good, WW. Now tell us the name of the toothpaste Shawon uses to keep his smile gleaming white. Also, on the Girardi card, who is it that's throwing batting practice? One more thing, Say the secret word and a duck will come down and give you fifty dollars. OK I'm done. You rock! :)

  2. With the way the fired the ball to first, Dunston had to use Arm and Hammer Toothpaste. The BP pitcher is bullpen coach Phil Roof. And the secret woid is "BS"!