Sunday, June 10, 2018

Five Random Cubs Cards

I've got 15,817 Cubs cards from 133 different brands listed on a spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five cards, one each from the past several decades.

1900s - 1970s: 1960 Topps #162 Sammy Taylor  Taylor had an interesting start to his baseball career.  He played one season in the minors after high school, then spent the next season out of baseball.  He then served in the Navy for four years.  He then returned to organized baseball and after two years in the minors, he was the Cubs catcher

1980s: 1987 Team Issued Manny Trillo  Manny's second go-around with the Cubs saw him in a utility role.  He played all four infield positions in 1987 including more at first base than any of the other three.  I always think of him as a second baseman, so it was odd to see him make so many appearances at first.

1990s: 1993 Conlon #932 Grover Alexander  And what was different about their fastballs?  According to Conlon, Alexander has much more control, walking far fewer than Ryan.

2000s: 2002 Flair #67 Sammy Sosa Sammy was still blasting home runs in 2002, leading the National League with 49.  He ended the season with 499 career homers.

2010s: 2016 Topps Now #191 Javier Baez  After ending 14 innings tied with the Reds 2-2, the Cubs exploded for five runs in the 15th inning.  Bryant singled in the go-ahead run and the Baez put the game out of reach with a grand slam.

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