Sunday, May 10, 2015

Five Random Cubs Cards

I've got 13,638 Cubs cards from 105 different brands listed on a spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five cards, one each from the past several decades. 

1900s - 1970s: 1959 Topps #362 Dolan Nichols  Here is a really obscure name in Cubs history.  Nichols made his MLB debut with the Cubs in 1958, going 0-4 with an ERA of 5.01.  That's not a great start.  It was, in fact, his start and finish.  Though Topps included him with the Cubs in 1959, the Cubs did not.  He spent all of 1959 in the minors.

1980s: 1988 Topps #500 Andre Dawson All-Star  When you are the reigning NL MVP, you get card #500.  Though he had a good year in 1988, it was unrealistic to expect him to match his 1987 numbers.  His homer total was halved (from 49 to 24) and RBIs had significant shrinkage, too (137 to 79). But his average went up, from .287 to .303.

1990s: 1991 Topps #437 Doug Dascenzo  'Lil Dougie beats the Teufel tag.  He spent the 1991 season platooning in outfield.  His production was mediocre at best, ..255 with 1 HR and 18 RBIs.  His pitching numbers were better... 3 games, 4 innings, no runs allowed.

2000s: 2000 Topps Chrome #281 Shane Andrews He was another in the long line of those trying to fill the black hole at third base.  He hit 14 homers in only 66 games, but that was about it.  The Cubs let him go as a free agent after the season.

2010s: 2013 Archives #71 Darwin Barney  The Random Number Generator mocks me.

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