Tuesday, August 20, 2013

no. 203 - larry gura

Who is the man: Larry Gura had completed his first season in major league ball upon the arrival of this card. He appeared in 20 games, 17 in relief, and went 1-3.

Can ya dig it: Wow, Gura looks young. I'm more used to the world-weary look he displayed with the Royals.

Right on: Rookie card!

You see this cat Gura is a bad mother: There is nothing more bad-ass than being known as a "Yankee Killer," and that's the moniker that he earned. He beat the Yankees six straight times in 1979 and 1980.

Shut your mouth: When Gura pitched for Martin with the Yankees, Martin was to have said that Gura was "a sissy who can't pitch in this league." Gura didn't forget it. When Martin moved on to manage the Oakland A's, Gura was still beating the Yankees but claimed his quarrel wasn't with New York. "It was against Billy," he said. "Now the vendetta is against Oakland."

No one understands him but his woman: Gura and his wife took over his in-laws' family farm in Arizona about 10 years ago and they now work to keep it going.

(A word about the back): Gura had only one year of minor league ball at this point, so I suppose that's why Topps had to fill the bio with high school, college, Connie Mack, Colt League and Pony League information.

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