Tuesday, March 11, 2008
#239 Roy Smalley
Why this card is awesome: Because of the serious body armor on his shin, well before it became so common in the game.
Cool stat: Check out Smalley's career transactions. He was drafted 5 times until he finally signed with Texas as the first overall pick in 1974. I am guessing his dad had something to do with that. Then, he got traded for some interesting players, including Bert Blyleven, Doug Drabek, Greg Gagne, and Randy Johnson. (But not that Randy Johnson.) Since 1930, among players with at least 150 career HR, Smalley has the 12th-most sac hits. Almost all of the leaders are 2Bs or SSs.