2009 Topps Norm Charlton
Norm Charlton, another third of the Nasty Boys bullpen. We’ve already featured the Rob Dibble card, and Randy Myers is yet to come. Norm was the most under-appreciated of the three, but a very hard-nosed player on and off the mound. Case in point: June 14, 1990. Charlton plowed over Mike Scioscia in the seventh inning of a 10-6 Reds win, despite the third base coach Sam Perlozzo trying to hold him at third, and despite Charlton’s wardrobe (he had put on a jacket to stay warm after reaching base). I tried to locate a clip of that classic event on YouTube but, no. MLB is full of jerks.
Charlton only pitched a handful of seasons in Cincinnati, but he’ll always be remembered for his toughness. He also pitched for Seattle (three different trips!), Philadelphia, Atlanta, Baltimore, Tampa, and a second stop in Cincy.
This is the 24th of our 2009 Topps Reds fun cards. I’ve made 43 so far, so you’ll be seeing these at least for the next few weeks. I would like to get up to 50, but I don’t know where else to look for good photos. If you have any suggestions, please let me know. Also, if there are particular players you would like to see, let me know that as well and I will do what I can.