Daily Archives: September 22, 2008

What Ever Happened to Bret Butler???

I am not talking about the comedian here…

I’m talking about the scrappy, hard-nosed baseball player from the 1980’s that excelled at hitting leadoff.  Butler’s ability to put the ball into play and run the bases at a very high level made him an instant success with the Atlanta Braves.

During his 17 year career in which he played for 5 different teams, Butler amassed 2,375 hits with a career average of .290.  One of the best leadoff hitters of the 1980’s, Butler was a base stealing threat too as he finished his career with 558 swipes.

The thing Butler may be most known for was his ability to bunt.  With an excellent batter’s eye, and uncanny speed, Butler used his skills to do anything he could to get on base.  He did exactly what his coaches asked of him and scored an amazing 1,359 runs in the process.

During the later years of Butler’s career, he was diagnosed with a rare cancer of the tonsils.  After making a full recovery, doctors doubted that he would be able to play baseball again, but Butler surprised them and everyone else when he joined the Los Angeles Dodgers for 1 final season.

Butler became a coach for the Diamondbacks organization in 2005 and stayed with the team and their minor league affiliates until 2007 when he suffered a stroke.  Fortunately Butler is doing well now and is recovering and spending time at home with his wife and kids in Arizona.

Results: Ugliest Card from the 1970’s

In what was a very tight race, the 1973 Topps set has been voted the ‘Ugliest Card from the 1970’s’ by the readers of ’30-Year Old Cardboard’.

A closer look at this card and what makes it stand out:

The color is really faded on these cards.  From the player’s uniforms, to the background, and the graphics.  Everything and everyone looks washed out.

The backgrounds chosen for these pictures are terrible.  It’s very hard to tell if any of these pictures were taken in major league stadiums, as the background looks more like an elementary school park.

Topps’ use of a small artistic silhouette in the lower right corner of the card completely bombed.  Baseball has so many classic poses as well as specific poses that can be used for the major positions.  These look silly and appear to have been chosen at random.  I know it’s from 1973 and the graphics systems back then were nothing like they are today, but I don’t see Topps’ effort at 100% on these either.

So there you have it.  The worst card design from the 1970’s goes to the 1973 Topps set.  Stay tuned as I bring the ‘Best Card Design from the 1970’s’ to you next.

Saying Good-Bye To The House That Ruth Built…

Yankee Stadium is now closed.  To even try to capture and summarize all of the amazing moments this ballpark has hosted would be close to impossible.

What I will say is this…  I have never been to Yankee Stadium.  But, when my father was a kid he was there often.  Stories have passed down from him to me about sneaking into the ballpark as a child, leaving school early to go to the ballgame, etc, etc…  Knowing that my dad was able to see some of the immortal Yankee legends like Mickey Mantle, Joe DiMaggio, Yogi Berra, Whitey Ford, and so many more makes me too feel a little nostalgic that Yankee Stadium is no longer open for business.

Yankee Stadium has been the home to 26 World Series trophies.  Nothing more needs to be said.  There will never be another stadium to contain as much history as this old ballpark.