Wednesday, December 26, 2018

1981 Topps Matt Alexander

The front: Difficult to tell what park he is in. Looks like a batting cage in the background. Maybe Shea Stadium?

The back: Alexander was the rare career pinch-runner.

The player: After the Herb Washington experiment failed in 1974, the A’s brought in an actual baseball player as their “designated runner”, and had some success in the role. Alexander pinch-ran 271 times in his 374 game major league career. As a pinch runner he stole 91 bases and scored 89 runs. All three marks are MLB records.

The man: Not sure what he is doing now. During the 2014 World Series he was interviewed by a Boston radio station, showing admiration for Royals speedster Terrance Gore.

My collection: I have five of his cards, from 1976 to 1982. I would be interested in trading for 1976 SSPC #501.

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