Tuesday, February 19, 2008

#160 Willie McGee



Why this card is awesome: Because this was THE CARD that solidified McGee's standing as the ugliest player in baseball. The 1988 Topps set was the first I ever collected, and I remember showing this card to my grandfather and saying "boy, he sure is ugly!" and my grandfather saying "but he's not an ugly ballplayer!" Grandpa was right about that.

Cool stat: In 1985, McGee led the NL with a .353 BA and won the MVP. He also managed just 34 walks and a .384 OBP, and since 1901, that's the 9th-lowest OBP for a player with a batting average of at least .350. See here.

3 comments:

Luke said...

i thought it was pretty cool how he won the batting title in the early 90's, traded to the A's, and still won the NL batting title

i disagree about the ugly: Ron Robinson

Triple Play said...

That was cool. There is a '91 Donruss card that has him in an A's uni while on the bottom of the card it states NL Batting Champion.

MMayes said...

Willie was one of my favorite players. It didn't matter if he struck out or hit a game winning homer, he had the same facial expression. But he was impossible to walk. He'd swing at anything, especially with 2 strikes. Between he and Lonnie Smith....if you could put some fundamentals with their talent....