Friday, August 22, 2008
#639 Brewers Leaders
Why this card is awesome: Because unless I am mistaken, this is the only card in the 1988 Topps set that prominently features a person who was neither a manager nor a player in 1987. Yeah, there are lots of cards with guys in the background who don't qualify, but that's Tony Muser on the left (and Glenn Braggs on the right.) Muser finished up as a player with Milwaukee after the 1978 season and was a coach with the team later. Eventually, he became manager of the Royals from 1997 to 2002.
Cool stat: Check out the back of the card, on the offensive side. Molitor and Yount were just massive forces on the field. A .353 batting average for Molitor, 9 triples for Yount, 45 stolen bases for Molitor, 103 RBI for Yount...it goes on and on. Still, these guys get very little national recognition. I was surprised (very pleasantly) by how easily they both got elected to the Hall of Fame. And for an almost totally meaningless stat, the 1987 Milwaukee Brewers tied for most players that year with at least 3 triples.