Tuesday, May 14, 2013
#1 Robin Yount
Topps starts the set off right with a great action photo of a future Hall of Famer. We see Robin Yount, who collected his 3,000th career hit late in the 1992 season, following through on a swing that seems to have found its target. He's watching the flight of the ball (with eyes shielded with eye black), and you can see both the grimace on his face and the name and number 19 on his back.
1. Robin famously debuted with the Brewers when he was 18, and hit his first home run on April 13, 1974 against Ross Grimsley of the Orioles. It was just his sixth career game. To date, he is the last 18-year-old to homer in a major league game.
2. Yount's older brother Larry holds an unfortunate big league record. On September 15, 1971, he was summoned from the Astros' bullpen to make his debut in relief against the Braves. The rookie experienced stiffness and pain in his elbow while taking his warmup pitches, and had to be removed from the game before facing a batter. Since he was announced as having entered the game, it counted as an official appearance. Larry Yount continued to pitch in the minors through the 1975 season, but never saw action in the majors. Thus he is the only pitcher in MLB history to make a credited appearance without ever facing a batter. You can see his major league stat line (or lack thereof) here.
3.Robin has plenty of other interests, including golf, motocross, charitable beverages, and hunting. If you don't feel like clicking links, I feel obligated to mention that Yount accidentally shot former teammate and current Cubs manager Dale Sveum in the ear with pellets while the pair were hunting quail this past winter.
11-Year-Old Kevin Says: Until I heard mention of him on TV, I thought his last name was pronounced "YOONT". I can also guarantee you that I didn't have the proper appreciation for Robin's trophy mullet when I was kid. Heck, thanks to Billy Ray Cyrus, that much-maligned hairstyle was still all the rage in 1993.
Bill James Said: "At this writing, it is expected that he will continue to play." Whoops! Yount retired prior to the 1994 season. In 1993, he hit .258/.326/.379 with an OPS+ of 90, his worst overall season since 1979.
On This Date in 1993: May 14. Actress Miranda Cosgrove (iCarly, School of Rock, Despicable Me) was born. I just had to ask, didn't I?