I have 5,274 Cubs cards from 13 different brands. A random number generator picked five of them. Here they are in the order selected.
Today’s picks are Topps-heavy; four of the five cards. They are also mediocre heavy; four of the five are not very well known.
Topps 1989 #694 Les Lancaster. Lancaster was a bullpen set up guy for the Cubs in 1989. He has a really nice regular season, posting a 1.36 ERA in 42 appearances. He also picked up the win in game two of the NLCS against the Giants. But I’ll always have some dislike for Lancaster because of his performance in game three. He entered the game in the bottom of the seventh with the Cubs up by a run. Paul Assenmacher started the inning and gave up a one out single. When the count went to 2-0 on Robbie Thompson, manager Don Zimmer went to the mound and brought in Lancaster. Les’ first pitch was more than to the liking of Thompson, who sent it out of the park and the Giants won the pivotal game three. After the game Lancaster said he thought the count was 3-0 and that is why the pitch was right down the middle. Just another example of Cubs post-season futility.
Topps 1984 #117 Tom Veryzer Utility man Veryzer is taking a swing at Shea Stadium. In 1984 Veryzer was with his third team in four seasons. He was on the DL for nearly three months in with a broken thumb and hit a minuscule .189 in 44 games.
Upper Deck 1997 #189 Sammy Sosa Global Impact. This card is one of a series from the set that talks about baseball’s globalization. The article on the back of the card runs across all the cards in the set. Since this is the only one of the set I have, I really have no idea exactly what is talked about. Sorry!
Topps 1990 #541 Pat Perry Journeyman pitcher Pat Perry spent most of 1989 on the disabled list, not pitching after June 17. On December 13 he was cut by the Cubs. I guess Topps already had the set ready to go, so Perry got a card even though he didn’t pitch an inning for the Cubs in 1990. Instead, he made seven appearances with the Dodgers and then his career was over.
Topps 1962 #66 Cuno Barragan. What can you say about a guy named Cuno? Actually, this is what I said back in January. And notice that Topps spelled his last name incorrectly on this card. Poor Cuno gets no respect.