‘The 40/40 Club’ – 1980’s – Card #33
Cecil Fielder – 1986 Donruss
Just a legitimate chance was all that Cecil Fielder needed. When he got that chance he blew up – literally!!! After 3 frustrating seasons with the Toronto Blue Jays, ‘Big Daddy’ left the big leagues and headed to Japan for a year. He quickly developed a strong following as he blasted ball after ball into the outfield stands.
Fielder was soon back in the states, and he was offered a large contract to play for the Detroit Tigers. Cecil continued his amazing pace and began to win over fans in the states. In the 7 seasons that followed, ‘Big Daddy’ crushed 51, 44, 35, 30, 28, 31, and 39 HR’s respectively! Along with those incredible numbers, Cecil earned 3 Top 10 finishes for the MVP Award. With his improved batting skills, Cecil was one of the most popular players in the game.
During the tail end of his career, Cecil joined the New York Yankees and won a World Series title with them in 1996. In a starring role, Fielder hit .391 while collecting 9 hits, 2 doubles, and 2 RBI.