Day two of The Greatest American Hero “fun cards,” and we’re focusing on 1982 Fleer today.
As I mentioned yesterday, Ralph Hinkley took the bat from another Stars player and pinch hit in the bottom of the ninth inning in the last game of the season. But we’re not going to talk about that at-bat just yet. It would be silly to go into detail about that when there is another day of “fun cards” tomorrow. Let’s just say that Shohei Ohtani is not the first pitcher who can hit.
Manager Shorty Robinson had trouble hiding his disgust at the idea of a high school teacher trying out for his major league team.
Hinkley’s biggest fan may have been in the broadcast booth. Only a former major leaguer could truly appreciate Hinkley’s talent, and Don Drysdale was not only a former major leaguer, but a Hall of Fame pitcher who played with one of the greatest, Sandy Koufax.
Tomorrow we will look at the final at-bat of the 1981 regular season for the California Stars.
This will be the last of the Retired Numbers posts that actually feature numbers, but there are a couple more posts to follow, so stayed tuned!
Don Drysdale, Brooklyn/Los Angeles Dodgers
Did you know that Drysdale only received 21% of the vote in his first year on the Hall of Fame ballot? That it wasn’t until his tenth year on the ballot he eclipsed the required 75% for enshrinement? He won a Cy Young Award and was an All-Star several times, but the coolest thing Drysdale ever did was appear in an episode of “The Brady Bunch” in 1970. Barry Williams (who played Greg Brady) has said several times that Drysdale was his favorite guest star.
Trevor Hoffman, San Diego Padres
Carlton Fisk, Chicago White Sox
August Busch, Jr., St. Louis Cardinals
The Fans, Cleveland Indians