Monday, March 23, 2009

Mr. Lincoln, Watch Out for the Catcher!

Many of the posts in the next two weeks are based on observations from the Fleer Cubs team sets from the 1980's.

Growing up in the Land of Lincoln means that there was never school on February 12, Abe's birthday. It also means we learned all sorts of things about our 16th president. We knew many different stories from his life. We also could tell you all about his assasination at the hands of John Wilkes Booth.

So, what, you ask, is the Cubs connection? Well, look at these cards of catcher Tim Blackwell. Look at that mustache. Whenever I see these cards, I think of John Wilkes Booth. 115 years later, the long droopy stache of Booth lives on with Tim Blackwell.

Blackwell spent most of his ten year career as a back up catcher. He had a career average of .228 but held his own defensively. But no matter how well he did with the Cubs, I could just never forgive him for what he did to Abraham Lincoln!

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