Sunday, June 23, 2019

1981 Topps Art Howe

The front: Playing first at Shea Stadium. Howe, the second baseman and the centerfielder are all visible, and no one is in a good position to field. Looks like the pitcher is taking a long time to throw the ball. This must be August 3, 1980, when the Astros beat the Mets 3-2. The second baseman is Joe Morgan and the centerfielder is Cesar Cedeno. Howe was 0-5 in the game.

The back: Howe was a 24-year-old systems analyst at Westinghouse when he signed with the Pirates at a tryout camp.
The player: 1980 was Howe’s one season where he was primarily a first baseman, he usually played second and third. He hit like a middle infielder – in 891 games, mostly with the Astros, he hit .260 with 43 HR and 293 RBI.

The man: Howe is best known for his decade-plus managing the Astros, A’s and Mets, to a record of 1129-1137. He was portrayed by actor Philip Seymour Hoffman in the movie Moneyball as an old-school traditionalist who was not open to new ideas.

My collection: I have 18 of his cards, from 1976 to 1985. I would be interested in trading for 1984 Fleer Update #54.

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