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.