Tuesday, April 14, 2009

Pack Twenty-Seven

Pack 27 +6
(duplicates are indicated by bold text)
365 Andres Galarraga
30 Jody Reed
481 Checklist
159 Wally Backman
187 Rick Honeycutt
272 Andres Thomas

186 Bob Welch
345 Alfredo Griffin
107 Pat Sheridan
428 Ken Dayley
373 Wally Whitehurst
163 Danny Gladden

From this pack, I was able to fill my first nine card page. That always gives me some sense of accomplishment. Actually, those pages were a dilemma. I searched high and low for nine card pages that were oversized to fit these cards. No luck. There are eight card pages that are made for oversized cards like the early '50s Bowmans, but they orient the cards horizontally. I just coulnd't bring myself to use pages like that, so I dug up some old pages from my first round of collecting that are a little bit taller than usual.

They're not perfect. But they display the cards correctly, and the binder is tall enough that the tops of the cards are pretty well protected. I can live with it.

Wally Whitehurst was drafted by Oakland in the third round of the 1985 draft but was traded to the Mets as part of a huge three team deal. Because I don't like typing, I'll just copy and past from Baseball Reference:

December 11, 1987: Traded as part of a 3-team trade by the Oakland Athletics with Kevin Tapani to the New York Mets. The Los Angeles Dodgers sent Bob Welch and Matt Young to the Oakland Athletics. The Los Angeles Dodgers sent Jack Savage to the New York Mets. The Oakland Athletics sent Alfredo Griffin and Jay Howell to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The New York Mets sent Jesse Orosco to the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Lots of guys moving around in that one.

Wally had a very good 1990 season with the Mets where he pitched 65.2 innings, striking out 46 and walking only 9. The next year he went 7-12 in 36 games (20 starts) and 3-9 in 1992.

After the '92 season he was traded to the Padres where he pitched until the end of the '94 season. He spent the '95 season in Triple-A with the Red Sox, Giants and Blue Jays. The Jays released him at the end of the season and he signed with the Expos and began in '96 season at Triple-A Ottawa. He was selected off waivers by the Yankees and pitched in six games at Columbus before making his final two Major League stars with the Yankees on August 24 and 29.

Over all, he was 20-37/4.02 ERA in 163 games (66 starts).