Friday, January 19, 2018
no. 745 - sandy alomar
Who is the man: Sandy Alomar, in the league for seven years at this point, really broke out in a big way in 1970, appearing in all 162 games and garnering the only All-Star appearance of his career.
Can ya dig it: That's a fine-looking card. Many of the super-high numbers leave a lot to be desired but that's flat-out a pleasing piece of cardboard.
Right on: Alomar has understandably been overshadowed by his more successful sons, but, I really liked Alomar Sr. as a kid. And that was when he was with the Yankees.
You see that cat Alomar is a bad mother: Alomar is part of an exclusive group as I believe -- unless I've missed someone -- he and Ken Griffey are the only major league players who can say they have a son who was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame.
Shut your mouth: Alomar appeared on the roster of four different major league teams in 1967 as he was traded three times. In a later interview he called the season "a nightmare." "They treat me like something they could throw away if they want to."
No one understands him but his woman: Alomar finally made the postseason in the 13th of his 15 big-league seasons. He pinch-hit for the Yankees during the 1976 ALCS and flew out in Game 4 against the Royals.
(A word about the back): Alomar converted those 296 consecutive games played into 661, finally taking a break in 1973. It's the 19th longest streak in MLB history.