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1989 HEADLINE: Jerome Walton Captures NL Rookie Of The Year Award!

1989 HEADLINE: Jerome Walton Captures NL Rookie Of The Year Award!

What a year 1989 was for Jerome Walton.

Not only did he make his major league debut in 1989 with the Chicago Cubs, but he also won the NL Rookie of the Year award that year while also helping the team capture their division crown!

At 23 years old, Walton had the presence of a veteran at the plate.  And his skills shined brightest in that rookie campaign.  Led by a batting average of .293, Walton collected 139 for the Cubs.  He also stole 24 bases, scored 64 runs, and drove in 46 more.  And he did all of this while patrolling one of the toughest center-field positions in the majors!

Congratulations on a fabulous rookie season Jerome.  Today we celebrate you winning the NL Rookie of the Year award in 1989!!!

Happy Birthday Jerome Walton!!!

Happy Birthday Jerome Walton!!!

Jerome Walton turns 49 years old today.

Jerome Walton was a text-book leadoff hitter – A player that was able to hit for average, get on base consistently, and steal bases. During Walton’s rookie year, he hit .293 and had 24 stolen bases. In addition to that, he also set the major league record for consecutive games with a hit by a rookie with 30 games. Walton became a fan favorite and wound up winning the Rookie of the Year award in ’89. The kid with the ‘unusual batting stance’ looked like he was headed for stardom and was going to help make the Cubs winners.

Unfortunately, the exact opposite happened. Walton’s best year was his rookie season and his star quickly faded as he became more and more inconsistent at the plate. In less than 3 seasons with the Cubs, Walton lost his starting job and was not granted a contract extension. Walton then went on to play for 5 different teams in 6 seasons and never was able to get consistent playing time. He still showed that he had better than average offensive skills, but he was never able to earn a full-time job. Jerome Walton retired from baseball after the 1998 season.

Happy Birthday Mr. Walton!!!

Happy Birthday Jerome Walton!!!

Happy Birthday Jerome Walton!!!

Jerome Walton turns 48 years old today.

Jerome Walton was a text-book leadoff hitter – A player that was able to hit for average, get on base consistently, and steal bases. During Walton’s rookie year, he hit .293 and had 24 stolen bases. In addition to that, he also set the major league record for consecutive games with a hit by a rookie with 30 games. Walton became a fan favorite and wound up winning the Rookie of the Year award in ’89. The kid with the ‘unusual batting stance’ looked like he was headed for stardom and was going to help make the Cubs winners.

Unfortunately, the exact opposite happened. Walton’s best year was his rookie season and his star quickly faded as he became more and more inconsistent at the plate. In less than 3 seasons with the Cubs, Walton lost his starting job and was not granted a contract extension. Walton then went on to play for 5 different teams in 6 seasons and never was able to get consistent playing time. He still showed that he had better than average offensive skills, but he was never able to earn a full-time job. Jerome Walton retired from baseball after the 1998 season.

Happy Birthday Mr. Walton!!!

1989 HEADLINE: Jerome Walton Captures NL Rookie Of The Year Award!

1989 HEADLINE: Jerome Walton Captures NL Rookie Of The Year Award!

What a year 1989 was for Jerome Walton.

Not only did he make his major league debut in 1989 with the Chicago Cubs, but he also won the NL Rookie of the Year award that year while also helping the team capture their division crown!

At 23 years old, Walton had the presence of a veteran at the plate.  And his skills shined brightest in that rookie campaign.  Led by a batting average of .293, Walton collected 139 for the Cubs.  He also stole 24 bases, scored 64 runs, and drove in 46 more.  And he did all of this while patrolling one of the toughest center-field positions in the majors!

Congratulations on a fabulous rookie season Jerome.  Today we celebrate you winning the NL Rookie of the Year award in 1989!!!

Happy Birthday Jerome Walton!!!

Happy Birthday Jerome Walton!!!

Jerome Walton turns 47 years old today.

Jerome Walton was a text-book leadoff hitter – A player that was able to hit for average, get on base consistently, and steal bases.  During Walton’s rookie year, he hit .293 and had 24 stolen bases.  In addition to that, he also set the major league record for consecutive games with a hit by a rookie with 30 games.  Walton became a fan favorite and wound up winning the Rookie of the Year award in ’89.  The kid with the ‘unusual batting stance’ looked like he was headed for stardom and was going to help make the Cubs winners.

Unfortunately, the exact opposite happened.  Walton’s best year was his rookie season and his star quickly faded as he became more and more inconsistent at the plate.  In less than 3 seasons with the Cubs, Walton lost his starting job and was not granted a contract extension.  Walton then went on to play for 5 different teams in 6 seasons and never was able to get consistent playing time.  He still showed that he had better than average offensive skills, but he was never able to earn a full-time job.  Jerome Walton retired from baseball after the 1998 season.

Happy Birthday Mr. Walton!!!

Happy Anniversary Jerome Walton!!!

Happy Anniversary Jerome Walton!!!

What a year 1989 was for Jerome Walton.

Not only did he make his major league debut in 1989 with the Chicago Cubs, but he also won the NL Rookie of the Year award that year while also helping the team capture their division crown!

At 23 years old, Walton had the presence of a veteran at the plate.  And his skills shined brightest in that rookie campaign.  Led by a batting average of .293, Walton collected 139 for the Cubs.  He also stole 24 bases, scored 64 runs, and drove in 46 more.  And he did all of this while patrolling one of the toughest center-field positions in the majors!

Congratulations on a fabulous rookie season Jerome.  Today we celebrate you winning the NL Rookie of the Year award in 1989!!!

Happy Birthday Jerome Walton!!!

Happy Birthday Jerome Walton!!!

Jerome Walton turns 46 years old today.

Jerome Walton was a text-book leadoff hitter – A player that was able to hit for average, get on base consistently, and steal bases.  During Walton’s rookie year, he hit .293 and had 24 stolen bases.  In addition to that, he also set the major league record for consecutive games with a hit by a rookie with 30 games.  Walton became a fan favorite and wound up winning the Rookie of the Year award in ’89.  The kid with the ‘unusual batting stance’ looked like he was headed for stardom and was going to help make the Cubs winners.

Unfortunately, the exact opposite happened.  Walton’s best year was his rookie season and his star quickly faded as he became more and more inconsistent at the plate.  In less than 3 seasons with the Cubs, Walton lost his starting job and was not granted a contract extension.  Walton then went on to play for 5 different teams in 6 seasons and never was able to get consistent playing time.  He still showed that he had better than average offensive skills, but he was never able to earn a full-time job.  Jerome Walton retired from baseball after the 1998 season.

Happy Birthday Mr. Walton!!!

 

Happy Anniversary Jerome Walton!!!

Happy Anniversary Jerome Walton!!!

What a year 1989 was for Jerome Walton.

Not only did he make his major league debut in 1989 with the Chicago Cubs, but he also won the NL Rookie of the Year award that year while also helping the team capture their division crown!

At 23 years old, Walton had the presence of a veteran at the plate.  And his skills shined brightest in that rookie campaign.  Led by a batting average of .293, Walton collected 139 for the Cubs.  He also stole 24 bases, scored 64 runs, and drove in 46 more.  And he did all of this while patrolling one of the toughest center-field positions in the majors!

Congratulations on a fabulous rookie season Jerome.  Today we celebrate you winning the NL Rookie of the Year award in 1989!!!

3 New Autographed Baseball Cards Courtesy Of Gerad!!

3 New Autographed Baseball Cards Courtesy Of Gerad!!

Gerad and I have traded cards quite regularly over the last 20 months or so.  One of the first followers of this blog, he and I have shared stories of our youth when I was a Cubs fan and he was cheering on the Cardinals.  And although there is a fierce rivalry between the two clubs, there is nothing but fun between these two collectors.

Here is the latest bunch of cards that he send my way:

Nice, huh??

Batting lead-off is Dwight Smith, who finished in second place for the 1989 Rookie of the Year Award to the guy on his right, Jerome Walton.  These two Cubs players elevated the team during their run into the 1989 playoffs, and both of them are still wildly popular in Chicago today, more than 20 years after their debut with the club.  Batting 3rd is Greg Vaughn.  Vaughn was a home run hitting machine during his 15 years in the majors.  Smashing 355 homers, Vaughn had 9 years of hitting at least 20 home runs.

Thanks Gerad – great additions to my autographed baseball card collection.  Your next package is in the mail.  And you’re going to love it!!

1989 Headline: Walton’s Hit Streak Ends At 30 Games

1989 Headline: Walton’s Hit Streak Ends At 30 Games

I remember this event like it was yesterday.  A rookie taking the sport of baseball and the city of Chicago on a wonderful ride during the 1989 baseball season.

Jerome Walton did not reach the majors with the same media hype and frenzy that others did in 1989, but by the end of the year all agreed that the sky was his limit and that this kid was a future star. 

During that ’89 season, the Cubs won their division and rode a wave of success into the playoffs.  And hod it not been for this hot-hitting rookie who knows if they would have been as successful…

The streak lasted 30 games, which at the time was, and still is, considered to be an outstanding achievement for a rookie.  During that season, Jerome Walton collected 139 hits, had a batting average of .293, stole 24 bases, and scored 64 runs.  These incredible numbers and that wonderful 30-game hit streak led to Walton winning the National League Rookie of  the Year award. 

And although Walton never reached the same amount of individual success again, he still remains a favorite around ‘The Windy City’!!!

Congratulations and Happy Anniversary Jerome Walton!!!

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