Daily Archives: October 25, 2008

What Ever Happened To Mike Greenwell???

Mike Greenwell was one of those players that quietly had a very solid major league career.  Never the superstar or the attention getter, Greenwell had a productive 12-year career with the Boston Red Sox.

I became a fan of Greenwell’s during his rookie season as I was following Wade Boggs’ stats on a daily basis.  Like Boggs, Greenwell was a contact hitter and they suited one another perfectly.  Greenwell hit .328 during his rookie year and finished 4th in the Rookie of the Year balloting ultimately losing to the unanimous winner Mark McGwire.

Greenwell’s best season(1988) was his second season with the Red Sox in which he batted .325 while hitting 22 home runs and driving in 119 runs.  Had it not been for Jose Canseco’s 40/40 performance during that same year Greenwell could have finished the year with MVP honors.

During his 12-year career in Boston, Greenwell hit .300 or better in 7 seasons and finished with a career average of .303.  As a 2-time All-Star selection, Mike Greenwell also amassed 130 career home runs and 726 RBI.

After retiring from baseball Mike Greenwell began a new career as a race car driver.  In May of 2006, Greenwell made his debut racing for his Green Light Racing team in the Craftsman Truck Series.  Greenwell also owns and operates ‘Mike Greenwell’s Family Fun Park’ in Cape Coral, Florida.

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1986 Topps Reggie Jackson

It’s kind of cool to see a shot taken during batting practice.  You don’t often get to see photos of players in the cage as they prepare for a game.

I am not a big fan of the 1986 Topps design, but this card ranks high on my favorite Reggie Jackson cards from the 1980’s due to it’s unique photography!!

Happy Anniversary Bill Buckner & Mookie Wilson!!!

On this day in 1986 you made the most famous error in baseball history.  Although many 1st baseman prior to you have seen ground balls accidentally roll through their legs, none was on a bigger stage than your error in game 6 of the 1986 World Series.

Errors occur all of the time in baseball.  But, in the bottom of the 10th inning with runners in scoring position and the game tied the impact of this accident was magnified.  Mookie Wilson’s ground ball would have been handled by Buckner with ease the next 100 times without question, but with the pressure on, it was Buckner that failed and Wilson that prevailed.

I remember watching this game as an 11-year old.  I was pulling for the Red Sox and wanted to see Wade Boggs win his first ever World Series title.  What I ended up seeing was baseball history of another kind that has no equal within the last 30 years.

This error made Bill Buckner and Mookie Wilson one of the most famous pairings in baseball history!!

Happy Anniversary Mr. Buckner and Mr. Wilson!!!