Jun 29, 2010

It's a Box Break! Finale, 2009 Tristar Obak Packs 16-20

Pack 16
61:Steve Bilko-1956 Minor League player of the year
82:Dummy Hoy-first known deaf player

93:Albert Spalding: sporting goods magnate
73:Bud Hillerich and Pete Browning: Louisville Slugger founders
84:Francis Scott Key-Star Spangled Banner author
Mini 16:Mike Stanton-current player, Marlins system

Pack 17
44:Steve Dalkowski-regarded as fastest pitcher ever
16 1910 back variation and black parallel:Tommy Hanson-current player, Braves system
59:Gary Redus-holds single season batting average record (.462)
12:Gordon Beckham-current player, White Sox system
24:Carlos Santana-current player, Indians system
Mini 13:Jesus Montero-current player, Yankees system

Pack 18
48: Spook Jacobs
60: Joe Wilhoit-hit safely in 69 straight games
58 1910 back variation: Ron Necciai
91: Fritz and Louis Rueckheim-Henry Eckstein-invented crackerjack
75:Henry Chadwick-"Father of Baseball", creator of box score***

Mini 11:Jason Heyward-current player, Braves system

Pack 19
22:Jarrod Parker-current player, Diamondbacks franchise
5: Brett Lawrie-current player, Brewers franchise
43: Walter Carlisle-only known outfielder to record unassisted triple play
69: Moose Skowron-1952 minor league POY

65: Ron Kittle-1982 minor league POY

Mini 12: Austin Jackson-current player, Tigers system

Pack 20

92:Frank Shaughnessy-created minor league playoff system
16: Tommy Hanson-current player, Braves system

28: Pat Venditte-current player, Yankees system, amidextrious

16 1910 back variation: Tommy Hanson
55: Vince Coleman-'80s speedster,
Mini 54: George H. Rawlings-Rawlings sporting goods founder

***Why is Henry Chadwick known as the "Father of Baseball". By all accounts, he did not play the game much (he was a shortstop for the Knickerbockers in 1847), lead a team, nor organize a league. He was essentially a journalist and baseball publicist. He convinced the New York Times to report results in the paper, and as baseball editor, he introduced the easily digestible box score to compare one player's accomplishments against another. He also was the first to publish guides and yearbooks and sat in on rules discussions, and served as umpire in exhibition games to test out the rules' effectiveness. He was essentially the public and respected face that championed baseball over cricket. He was also an opposition voice to the infamous Spalding commission that placed baseball's origins at the hands of Abner Doubleday. He called the announcement "a masterpiece of special pleading" that baseball was a unique game founded by some "ingenious American lad"

Summary to come.

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