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.