Friday, August 22, 2008
#636 Charles Hudson
Why this card is awesome: Because I've got an interesting story about Hudson. When I was in high school, we got a new gym teacher named Mr. Hudson. We didn't know his first name, but a few students thought he looked a lot like Charlie Hudson the ballplayer. Lots of students asked him if he was, in fact, the former big-league player, but he never gave a straight answer. I had my doubts until one day when Mr. Hudson wore shorts when we played softball outside. I saw that both of his knees had very significant scars, and I remembered that Charlie Hudson's career ended when, as a member of the Tigers, he hit a patch of ice while driving and severely injured both legs, requiring surgery. When nobody else was around, I asked Mr. Hudson if he had injured his knees in a car accident and he asked how I knew that. I told him I'd read it in the paper. He smiled, picked up a softball, and threw it further than I have ever seen any other human being throw anything. Then he looked at me, put his finger to his lips, went "shhhh", and smiled. It was our secret: I never told another soul that Mr. Hudson was indeed Charlie Hudson.
Well, until now!
Cool stat: Hudson pitched a lot better on 5 days' rest than any other number of days. Trouble is, of course, that it's tough to use a guy pitching every 6 days when everybody else on your staff goes every 5 days.