Sunday, July 27, 2014

Five Random Cubs Cards

I've got 12,638 Cubs cards from 92 different brands listed on a spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five cards, one each from the past several decades.

1900s - 1970s: 1978 SSPC #250 Steve Ontiveros  I always thought that Steve Ontiveros looked like he wanted to tie a yellow ribbon round the old oak tree.

Anyone else have the same thought?  Tony Steve missed half the 1978 season because of surgery to repair a dislocated shoulder.  He played in only 82 games and hit .243.

1980s: 1988 Fleer Glossy #428 Paul Noce  He was included in Fleer's 1988 set because played in 70 games for the Cubs in 1987.  But he didn't make the team coming out of spring training in 1988 and in July was traded to the Expos.  He didn't surface in the majors until a one game stint with the 1990 Reds, his final MLB appearance.

1990s: 1997 Team Issued #13 Turk Wendell  The Cubs gave away 10,000 sets of these cards on August 7.  They beat the Giants that day 6-3 in front of 24,510 fans.  Wendell did not pitch in the game.  If he had, it would have been his last appearance as a Cub.  He was traded to the Mets on August 8.

2000s: 2008 Bowman #122 Aramis Ramirez  Isn't it cute the way Aramis makes the little circle for the dots in the i's of his name?  It looks like that must be a signature he used early in his career...

....he got a little lazier later on.

2010s: 2012 Topps #114 Matt Garza  The picture on the card is from June 27, 2011.

The Cubs beat the Rockies 7-3 as Garza picked up the win going 7 1/3 innings, allowing 3 earned runs while striking out six.  The win gave him a record of 4-6.  He finished the season with an even 10-10 record and a nice ERA of 3.32.

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