Saturday, January 19, 2008
#40 Orel Hershiser
Why this card is awesome: There are a lot of reasons why this card is awesome. For one, Hershiser looks so innocent, not knowing at the time that he was about to have a season for the ages, setting an awesome record, winning the Cy Young award, and carrying his team to a World Series victory. What I like most about this card is that you can see his unusual uniform number-55. It reminds me of the 58-inning scoreless streak he broke with his own 59-inning job. (Why does it remind me, given that 55 does not equal 58 or 59? Not sure, but it does.)
Cool stat: Shutouts, shutouts, shutouts. If I asked you to name the pitcher who most recently had 8 or more shutouts in a season, could you name him? If you said Hershiser, well....you're wrong. He did it in 1988, but Tim Belcher did it in 1989.