Fun Cards: 1988 Topps All-Star Terry Steinbach

1988 All-Star MVP Terry Steinbach Oakland Athletics

No one would have guessed that Terry Steinbach would be the offensive hero of the 1988 All-Star Game. The starting catcher, who probably should not have even been on the team, blasted a solo home run off Dwight Gooden in the third inning, then drove in a second run on a sacrifice fly off Bob Knepper in the fourth. Steinbach was named the MVP of the game.

Steinbach

Steinbach’s selection caused some grumbling about the process of fan voting. This was long before computer voting became the norm, and paper ballots were used by fans. According to the Columbus Dispatch, ballot box stuffing could be achieved by “driving a nail through a stack of voting cards.” Even Steinbach was uneasy with his selection, recalling “mixed emotions” because he “wasn’t hitting worth crap.” Deserving or not, he came through big for the American League.

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