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Fun Cards: 1988 American League All-Star Shortstops



Alan Trammell was elected by fans to start the 1988 All-Star Game at shortstop, but did not play due to injury. Cal Ripken Jr. was a fine second choice.



Kurt Stillwell returned to Riverfront Stadium for the first time since the Reds traded him to the Royals for Danny Jackson over the off-season. By all appearances, he enjoyed seeing Barry Larkin again. Stillwell was added to the All-Star roster as an injury replacement for Chicago’s Ozzie Guillen.



Here are the results of the USA Today players poll:



Fun Cards: 1988 Topps All-Star Ozzie Guillen

Ozzie Guillen represented the White Sox in Cincinnati in 1988, but did not play due to a nerve injury in his right leg.


The visiting clubhouse attendants pranked Guillen before the game. A steel cage in the visiting clubhouse housed a fake mongoose; veterans of the prank would approach the cage warily, rattling the cage, until an curious, unsuspecting player got too close. That’s when a spring was sprung and the ball of fur leaps…just like the victim. Many rookies fell victim to the gag through the years, and Guillen took the prank in stride, saying, “It was really something funny.”


Guillen made it back to the All-Star game twice, in 1990 and 1991. He went hitless in two at-bats at Wrigley in 1990, and had a sacrifice bunt off Rob Dibble at Toronto’s SkyDome in 1991.

To recap the actual 1988 All-Stars at shortstop…

National League shorstops

Starter Ozzie Smith and reserves Barry Larkin and Shawon Dunston in the National League.

American League shortstops

Starter Cal Ripken and reserves Alan Trammell, Kurt Stillwell, and Ozzie Guillen. Trammell was voted to start by fans, but missed the game due to a hairline fracture.

1986 Quaker Chewy Granola Bars Cards #19-27

In 1986 Topps teamed up with Quaker to issue a 33-card set full of superstars, including a nice handful of future Hall of Famers. This week, we’re looking at the cards in the set; today we have cards 19-27…

1986 Quaker Chewy Granola Bars 19-27

Another fine group of players, featuring six Hall of Famers, including 2011 inductee Bert Blyleven and two of the greatest third basemen to ever play, Wade Boggs and George Brett.

This page features 1985 AL Cy Young Award winner Bret Saberhagen and Rookie of the Year Ozzie Guillen. Neither are in the Hall of Fame, nor should they be. The only other non-Hall of Famer in the group is Darrell Evans, one of the few pre-steroids era players not in Cooperstown with more than 400 home runs. The knock against Evans was his batting average; he finished his career with a .248 mark and never reached the .300 mark in a full season. Should he be in the Hall of Fame? I would not vote for him, but I don’t think Cooperstown would be harmed by his admittance.

Original Carter Sketch Card: Ozzie Guillen

Never in a million years would I have believe you in 1990 if you had told me that Ozzie Guillen would one day be a big league manager.

My trip to Nationals Park

I’m still working on organizing the 600+ photos taken at Camden Yards last week, so give me a few more days to upload some from the O’s/Marlins game that I attended. But here are a few of the photos from the Nationals/White Sox game on Father’s Day that I attended with my 10-year son.

statue of Josh Gibson

Teddy Roosevelt

Gordon Beckham turning two over Nyjer Morgan

Freddy Garcia can’t beat out the throw to Adam Dunn

starting ChiSox pitcher Freddy Garcia

no game would be complete without Ozzie Guillen arguing with an umpire
(Greg Gibson in this case)

Paul Konerko

Ryan Zimmerman

golden boy Stephen Strasburg

I also made some cards for the 2010 Goose Joak set using these and other photos.

Totally random and nonsensical “Fun Cards”

Steve, along with the majority of the baseball card blogosphere, hates the randominity of Topps’ “What If” cards. Cy Young appearing on the 1987 Topps design just kills him. I, on the other hand, love them. Well, not love. But like. Very strong like. You see, I all but hate modern baseball. I like Griffey and I kind of follow the Reds (kind of being a very strong phrase), but other than that I would much rather watch reruns of the 1975 World Series…even game 6.

In a post about Eddie Gaedel, Steve made a card that never was (1951 Bowman) as well as a card that, in his opinion, should never be (1986 Topps). Frankly, I like the 1986 Topps Gaedel quite a bit. But that’s beside the point. In the comment section, I joked that I would make some random custom cards with Steve in mind, like Ozzie Guillen on a football card design, and a Frank Thomas on a Star Wars card design. So, without further ado…

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