Monday, August 25, 2014
no. 322 - jim beauchamp
Who is the man: In 1970, Jim Beauchamp returned to the team that signed him in 1958. Beauchamp played four games for the Cardinals in 1963 before being traded to Houston. He was reacquired by the Cardinals in June 1970.
Can ya dig it: I'm not sure what to admire more, the windbreaker under Beauchamp's uniform or the final flourish on his signature.
Right on: I finally figured out how to pronounce Beauchamp's name tonight. It is "BEE-champ".
You see this cat Beauchamp is a bad mother: Beauchamp managed in the Braves minor league system for Greenville and Richmond during the mid-to-late 1980s. Players who would gain fame on the early '90s Braves teams -- John Smoltz, Tom Glavine, Dave Justice, Ron Gant, etc. -- played first for Beauchamp.
Shut your mouth: Beauchamp has a baseball field named after him in his hometown of Grove, Okla. Beauchamp's name in French translates to "beautiful field."
No one understands him but his woman: The final at-bat of Beauchamp's career came in Game 7 of the 1973 World Series as a member of the New York Mets. With the Mets down 4-0 (they would lose 5-2), Beauchamp struck out looking against Ken Holtzman for the third out of the fifth inning.
(A word about the back): I'm going to assume, since the write-up doesn't say, that "25.2" is related to points scored.