Wednesday, July 30, 2008
#564 Frank Lucchesi
Why this card is awesome: Because this card demonstrates how things have changed over the years. Look at this photo of Lucchesi. How old would you say he is in the picture? I myself would guess about 70. But he was born in 1927 so in this picture he was just 50 (and in fact is 71 at this writing.) This is my point. In 1988, being 50 was being old. But these days, 50-year-olds are much healthier than they used to be, and lots of people who are in their 70s now look the way people in their 50s did back then. I bet Lucchesi looks pretty much the same today as he did then.
Cool stat: Lucchesi managed the Cubs for just 25 games in 1987, taking over for Gene Michael as the Cubs finished last (although at just 76-85 were not a terrible team.) The Cubs had just two guys play more than 142 games that year, which is among the fewest in MLB that season.