Thursday, May 29, 2014

#224 Sid Bream

About the Front: Witness the intense gaze of Sid Bream in profile. Winter is coming.
About the Back: Carlisle, PA may ring a bell for its connection to great Native American athlete Jim Thorpe, who played halfback for the now-defunct Carlisle Indian School in the early 1900s.

Triple Play:

1. If you're familiar with Sid's big league performance, you might find his stat line for the 1983 Albuquerque Dukes hard to believe: .307/.415/.569, 32 HR, 118 RBI. You have to love the Pacific Coast League.

2. He is of course best known for lumbering home ahead of Barry Bonds' throw with the winning run in Game 7 of the 1992 NLCS.

3. Sid Bream has never been very fond of his first name.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: I mostly knew Sid Bream as the guy that got pushed aside when the Braves traded for Fred McGriff. If I had grown up in Pittsburgh, his name would probably be a curse word to me.

Bill James Said: "A consistent, well-rounded player and a good glove, he never did put up the big numbers that you would like from a first baseman, and, at age 33, isn't a candidate to become a full-time player."

On This Date in 1993: May 29. The first Life Ball takes place in Vienna, Austria. By 2011, it has become Europe's largest public HIV and AIDS charitable event.

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