Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Baseball card stories from Ben Harrison

Outfielder Ben Harrison played seven seasons of professional baseball, mostly in the Rangers organization. In 600 games he hit .262 with 86 HR and 348 RBI. Now a Marketing Representative at Federated Insurance in Jacksonville, he kindly answered my questions about baseball cards.

"First card deal I received was $2,500 and I exchanged it for a DMS massager because my hamstrings were a mess and the University of Florida trainer Kyle O’Day (Darren O’Day’s brother) just received one for the track guys at Florida.  Texas later bought one but I had it first.  It was worth more than my 2001 Explorer but I had to stay healthy or it didn’t matter.
I remember seeing a card of someone swinging and missing on their card.  That would have been a great card to have and laugh about.  I do have some error cards because some say I am from Milton, Florida and I don’t even know where that is.
I don’t collect baseball cards."

Monday, September 18, 2017

1993 Studio Wade Boggs

Hobbies are hunting and fishing: In 2015 a Montana man had to pay a $3,000 fine for violations while leading Boggs on a sheep hunt in Alaska.


Favorite sports announcer is Keith Jackson: Jackson was one of the lead national announcers when Boggs was young.


Favorite player as a kid was Pete Rose: Remember that 1986 Fleer card, “Boggs & Hero,” with Boggs and George Brett? I wonder what happened between 1986 and 1993 to cause Boggs to shift heroes.


Might have been a doctor if he hadn’t been an athlete: I wonder what kind of doctor he would have been. I guess the kind that drinks 64 cans of beer on one flight.


Pet peeve is smoking: Lots of drinking, but no smoking.


Where he is now: Boggs makes various public and TV appearances and is active on Twitter.

1993 Studio Dave Henderson

Hobbies are pool, billiards and hunting: Most people think of pool and billiards as the same game.

Favorite sports announcer is Chris Berman: Because of his common name Henderson didn’t get a Berman nickname.

Favorite player as a kid was Jim Brown: Interesting to pick a football player. Henderson was a star running back in high school.

Might have been anything he wanted to be if he hadn’t been an athlete: What a great answer!

Post-baseball career: Henderson was a broadcaster for the Mariners for many years. He passed away in 2015.

Saturday, September 16, 2017

1993 Studio: Jim Abbott

Hobbies are listening to music and reading: Reading a book must have been difficult for Abbott, and today’s modern phones and tablets presumably would also present a challenge.

Where he is now: He is now a prominent motivational speaker.

Friday, September 15, 2017

Mike Eusebio on baseball cards

Mike Eusebio pitched for three teams in the Reds organization in 2002. In 26 games, all in relief, he went 5-1 with a 4.39 ERA. Now an instructor at the Hudson Baseball Center in Union City, NJ, he kindly answered my questions about baseball cards.

- Do you have any stories about cards of yourself or of other players? 
Enjoy getting cards in the mail from collectors and signing them. 

- Do you have a favorite card of yourself or of another player? 
The Hologram and Gold series 
- Do you collect baseball cards? 
Not anymore.

Thanks! I don't have those versions, but I do have the base card:

Thursday, September 14, 2017

Baseball card stories from Clint Everts

Clint Everts pitched eleven seasons of professional baseball, mostly in the Expos/Nationals and Blue Jays organizations. In 341 games he went 41-46 with 23 saves and a 4.11 ERA. Now Baseball Coach at St. John's School in Houston, he kindly answered my questions about baseball cards.

"Growing up, I collected lots of baseball cards, I have probably a few thousand. I haven’t looked at those cards in a long time, I may need to dig around the attic and find them.

As far as your questions,I don’t really have much. When I was drafted, I went to take a picture for one of the Expos cards, and when I showed up the guy didn’t have a hat or a jersey. He was wearing a Yankees hat, so I put that on. It was easily 3 sizes too big for me. I had on a collared shirt at the time so that's what I wore. He took the picture and I thought "well that was weird". When the card came out, they ended up photoshopping the Montreal symbol over the Yankee hat, and photoshopped a Montreal jersey on top of my collared shirt. Easily not my favorite card.
This is the one I’m talking about:

My favorite one was the first one that was made. It was actually a picture from when I was in high school playing shortstop.

I have always liked baseball cards, and to me, it feels like no one does it anymore. I am glad someone out there still feels the same way I do about collecting."

 Thanks! I don't have either of those cards, but here is one from my collection.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

1993 Studio George Bell

Hobbies are music, business and movies: I guess if your business is what for most people is a hobby, why not have your hobby be business.

Favorite sports announcer is Lilyn Diaz: I can’t figure out who Lilyn Diaz is – Google has no mention of him.

Favorite players as a kid were Rico Carty and Juan Marichal: Bell is from the Dominican Republic, as were these two stars of his youth.

Might have been an architect if he hadn’t been an athlete: One of the more ambitious career choices in this set.

Pet peeve is dishonesty: Bell was a difficult, at times nasty person, but not dishonest at least.

Where he is now: Works with the Dominican national baseball team.