Monday, May 12, 2008

#441 Rick Manning


Why this card is awesome: Because Manning didn't play past 1987, you see his entire career stats on the back of this card. It's odd to see a guy start so young (age 20) and then end when he did (32.) Seems like most guys who make it to the bigs before age 21 either flame out by age 25 or last until 38 to 40.

Cool stat: Between 1975 and 1986, only three players had at least 2 HR, 1 3B, 1 SB and 1 sac hit every single season. Manning, Yount, and Frank White.

5 comments:

Jim said...

Ahh yes the forgotten Manning brother.

I think his career ended when he slowed down, because he basically a defensive whiz, not a big time hitter, so when he D left, so did he.

Douglas said...

Manning has at least one brush with HOF greatness -- since he couldn't get in with his ability (though he seemed to be a pretty good player), he did the next best thing -- he married Dennis Eckersley's ex-wife.

Andy said...

Does Manning have a famous brother?

Jim said...

Andy, it was a Peyton/Eli Manning joke!

Rich said...

Probably the only card in the whole 88 Topps set to mention two towns made note of in Tragically Hip lyrics (Niagara Falls and Chagrin Falls.)