Thursday, September 4, 2008

#701 Sammy Stewart



Why this card is awesome: Because this card has one of the more interesting stories out there. As far as I know, Stewart is the only person featured in this set who is currently incarcerated. Yep:



Click on his mug shot (literally) and you can get a page all about his current status.

Just to be clear, I'm not making fun of Stewart for being in jail. I have no idea about his life circumstances or what led him to commit the crimes he did. Based on his Wikipedia page, it sounds like he has been dealt a pretty difficult hand. I just find it interesting that we can get this info.

I heard about Stewart from Scott at the 83F Project, who has trying to get an auto from Stewart, but apparently he is not allowed to receive "fan mail" in prison.

Cool stat: Stewart had an unusual 1981. Yeah, he had an ERA+ over 150 covering more than 100 IP, which is great. But he also had a WHIP of 1.30, which is pretty high for such a good ERA. In fact, not too many guys have done that over the years.

Also, since 1980, Stewart has one of the fewest total number of starts in a year with 2 complete games. He, Charlie Hough, and Tom Tellmann all had an unusual such feat in 1980.

6 comments:

White Sox Cards said...

Looks like he'll have to wait until at least 2013 for that autograph.

Jim said...

Sammy actually led the AL in ERA in 1981, B-R.com has Righetti leading the league, but he only pitched 105.1 innings and the Yankees played 107 games. What's the deal, Sammy seems to need something, anything right about now!

MMayes said...

But Sammy's got the same smile he had in that card (I believe it was the '83 Fleer) where he's smiling up a storm. Hope he gets it together while he's living in a cage.

Ben said...
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Ben said...

Locsl boy. I remember reading about his going to the big house in the paper a few years back... may have seen it on the local news too.

Jon said...

YOU GUYS GOT IT ALL WRONG . MY UNCLE HAS HAD A BAD HABIT AND WE ALL HOPE AND PRAY HE DOES THE RIGHT THING WHEN HE GETS OUT . IVE TALKED TO HIM . I HAVE ALOT OF WORLD SERIES BALLS AND CARDS ,ETC SIGNED BY THE WHOLE 1983 CHAMPS . JUST KEEP HIM IN YOU PRAYERS HE WILL BEAT THIS JUST LET HIM PROVE IT TO U