Thursday, June 4, 2015

#432 Pete Young

About the Front: I think this is the only Expos card in the set that features an "Expos" wordmark across the front of the jersey. Montreal switched to these uniforms in 1992, ditching their classic tri-color hat, but all of their other cards in this set show players in their road grays. I guess Topps didn't want to pay their photographers to travel to Quebec.

About the Back: I bet you didn't expect Pistol Pete Maravich to pop up in this set.

Triple Play:

1. Pete pitched collegiately at Mississippi State University. Some of the most prominent MSU Bulldogs to play in the majors include Rafael Palmeiro, Will Clark, Buddy Myer, Del Unser, and Jonathan Papelbon.

2. He earned his only career win on July 10, 1993, tossing a perfect ninth inning with the Expos trailing the Padres 2-1. San Diego reliever Gene Harris blew the save, allowing a pair of singles and three stolen bases. After a pair of intentional walks, Moises Alou drew the (unintentional) walkoff walk to seal the comeback.

3. Young was purchased by the Red Sox in February of 1994 along with Matt Stairs, but spent that entire season in the minors - mostly at AA New Britain - and was finished in pro ball after that.

11-Year-Old Kevin Says: I should tally up all of the guys in this set who were one-and-done; i.e., their only Topps card was a part of the 1993 set. By my count, we're up to 24 such players as of this entry.

Bill James Said: "Grade C prospect, throws an OK fastball and a good slider."

On This Date in 1993: June 4. Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain is taken to jail after a domestic dispute with wife Courtney Love, but no charges are filed.

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