Tuesday, June 17, 2008

#502 Danny Gladden



Why this card is awesome: Because I know there are at least six people who think it's cooler to get a tour of empty seats than it is to check out Dan Gladden. They are in the background of this photo.

Cool stat: Gladden was not a great player, but he did do some things very well. From 1984 to 1991, just 5 players (including Gladden) had at least 4 HR, 1 3B, and 15 SB every year. The other four were some nice company: Juan Samuel, and current or future HOFers Ryne Sandberg, Rickey Henderson, and Tim Raines.

4 comments:

David said...

Gladden is synonymous with the Twins' as World Champions: The most memorable image of his career is of him strutting home to win the 91 WS in the 10th. But he also played a big role in the 87 WS; hitting a grand slam in Game 1 and driving in the final run in the 8th of Game 7.

MMayes said...

His late '80's mullet also worked better than the early '90's mullets (Darren Daulton, John Kruk, Unit, etc.). I suppose with it being combed and shaped routinely it had a more kept-up appearance than the shaggy stuff.

Jim said...

31 steals in 86 games in 1984! I thought he was going to be a star, never happened, but as mentioned above was a nice piece of 2 title teams

Mets Guy in Michigan said...

Yet another Tiger Stadium photo! You could do a subset on Tigers Stadium shots -- but it is mostly Twins and Red Sox players. And Tigers, of course.