Wednesday, March 19, 2008

#265 Bo Diaz

Why this card is awesome: Because if you've been reading this blog for a while, you should have already spotted what's awesome about this card. Another freakin' Expo in the dugout! I swear like 30% of this set features either an Expos player or Tiger Stadium.

Cool stat: Diaz had 77 career homers but 5 games with 2 homers, which is a high ratio. His team won 4 out of 5 of those.

Deceased players and managers: 9

Weird how the deceased players seem to come in bunches. Diaz passed away in 1990 while working on a satellite dish. This card comes just a few after Jose Uribe made an appearance.


Uglee Card said...

I believe if you look closely, you'll see that's Manny Trillo sitting in the Expos dugout. If I'm not mistaken, he was doing some undercover work for the comissioner's office at the time.

Anonymous said...

Bo was a very popular player in Cincinnati, which is sort of surprising considering how closely he followed Johnny Bench behind the plate. Most of the time when you follow a legend, you are reviled. But Diaz was able to overcome that.

Ugo said...

Seems to me Topps in the 1980's only went to a few ball parks. It's even worse for hockey. I have the sets for 1988, 1989 and it seems all of the photos are taken in Boston or New Jersey.

Beau Schur said...

If I recall correctly he was killed fixing his satellite dish on top of his roof, struck by lightning. Not only an 80s great, but what an 80s way to go.