Sunday, May 9, 2010

Sunday Cubs Fact: Young Starlin Castro

Starlin Castro, at 20 years, 44 days old, was the youngest Cubs player to make his Major League debut since Oscar Gamble on Aug. 27, 1969, at the age of 19 years 250 days.

Here is my first attempt at making a 2010 Topps card. I'm still trying to figure out the font for the names. Has anyone else had any luck?

The big question, of course, is will Castro end up with a big super-fro like Oscar Gamble?

Topps didn't issue a card for Oscar Gamble when he was with the Cubs, so I had to make one. The name fonts on the '69's was a whole lot easier!

In addition, Castro is the youngest to make his debut with the Cubs as a shortstop, surpassing Marty Shay at 20 years 144 days on Sept. 16, 1916. Shay played in two games for the 1916 Cubs and then didn't make it back to the majors for another 8 years, a 19 game stint with the Braves.

I've got nothing to show you for Shay. When a guy has a 21 game career over 90 years ago, pictures are hard to come by!

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