Monday, January 14, 2008
#18 Al Leiter
Why this card is awesome: Because it was one of the first big cards to feature the wrong player. Well, the above image is the correct card, with a baby-faced Leiter looking pretty awesome in a photo that was taken either at 5AM or 8PM. The actual error card, which was the only one available for a long time, is below:
Cool stat: Leiter absolutely owned Andruw Jones, striking Jones out 25 times in 84 at-bats. Jones had just 15 hits, with 5 doubles, no triples, no homers, and 5 RBI. He did manage 10 walks, though.
Another reason why this card is cool is because it says Al's brother Mark pitched in the minors until 1985, implying that he was out of baseball. It's true--he took 4 years off, came back to organized ball in 1989, and pitched in the big leagues from 1990 to 2001.