Thursday, May 19, 2011

Player Profile: Kurt Abbott

I have seventeen Kurt Abbott cards. This one is from 1995 Ultra.

Playing Career: Kurt Abbott played for the A's, Marlins, Rockies, Mets and Braves. His best season was 1995, when he hit .255 with 17 HR and 60 RBI for Florida. He played in two World Series and won a ring in 1997.

My Memories: I remember seeing him on the Mets in the 2000 World Series and being amazed that they even got that far relying on guys like him.

Interesting facts: Abbott's 1994 Ultra card actually has a photo of teammate John Massarelli, revealed in my interview with Massarelli. Father Tom played minor league ball in the Giants organization. Lists his heroes as "Cal Ripken, Alex Rodriguez and my wife for saving my ass" on his Myspace page.

Where he is now: During his playing career he went on ride-ins with the local police departments, sometimes using his baseball fame to get through to men on domestic-dispute calls. After his baseball career ended, he decided to turn to law enforcement full-time and is a deputy in the Martin County police department in Florida. He made headlines in 2006 for pulling a woman out of a burning building. Here's a more recent article from the which features a photo of Abbott at work. In the article, he compares chasing down and arresting a suspect to hitting a home run.

Google Autocomplete Results: He is the first entry when typing Kurt Ab, ahead of wrestler Kurt Angle. Another prominent Kurt Abbott is a lawyer in Waxahachie, TX.

Coming up next: Tomorrow's profile will be Kyle Abbott.

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