Thursday, May 8, 2008

#427 Paul Kilgus

Why this card is awesome: Because I've bitched about shadows a lot, but this has to be the worst shadow on any card in this set. I mean, you can't see the top half of Kilgus' face AT ALL. Some might say that's a good thing, but not me.

Cool stat: Kilgus was pretty good in 1987 and 1988, and pretty rough in 1989-1991. But 1993 was a weird year. He pitched to a 0.63 ERA with a 0.907 WHIP at just age 31, and yet never pitched again. In fact, Kilgus had the most IP in a final season for a pitcher 31 or younger, with an ERA and WHIP both below 1.00.


David said...

You'd think it would have dawned on Topps that if they took the photos at night games, the field lighting would essentially wash out all shadows.

Andy said...

I can't think of any photos in this set that look like they were taken at night games. There are a few shots that look posed at twilight.

By the way, I forgot to point out that Kilgus was signed by scout Wayne Krivsky, who was recently fired as GM of the Reds.

Anonymous said...

That would have worked for all the parks except for Wrigley right? They only started having night games there in '88.

The Yankee Despiser said...

Could be he got injured.