384 – 1987 Topps – Johnny Grubb

384 – 1987 Topps – Johnny Grubb

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The San Diego Padres drafted Johnny Grubb in the first round of the 1971 free-agent draft, with the 23rd over-all pick. Grubb played his college baseball for Florida State University. Previously, he played prep baseball for Meadowbrook High School in Richmond, Virigina. His major league début came as a September call-up on September 10, 1972. …

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1987 Topps – Mike Davis

1987 Topps – Mike Davis

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The Oakland Athletics drafted Mike Davis in the third round of the 1977 free-agent draft, with the 69th over-all pick. Davis played his college baseball for San Diego Mesa Junior College. Previously, he played prep baseball for Herbert Hoover High School in San Diego, California. His major league début came on April 10, 1980, pinch-hitting …

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762 – 1987 Topps – Gary Ward

762 – 1987 Topps – Gary Ward

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The Minnesota Twins signed Gary Ward as an undrafted free-agent on August 29, 1972. Ward played his prep baseball at Compton High School in Compton California. He did not play college baseball. His major league début came on September 3, 1979, entering the game late as a pinch runner for Mike Cubbage. He stayed in …

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Let the Bartman Incident Go. Cubs Fans. Let it Go

Let the Bartman Incident Go. Cubs Fans. Let it Go

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Any true blue Cubs fan can remember the 2003 NLCS. The one where the game turned in a blink of an eye when a fan made a play for a ball that was near the stands, or potentially in the stands. A day when the ire of the entire Cubs nation fell upon one lifelong …

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428 – 1987 Topps – Bruce Bochy

428 – 1987 Topps – Bruce Bochy

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The Chicago White Sox drafted Bruce Bochy in the eighth round of the 1975 free-agent draft. He did not sign with the White Sox. The Houston Astros selected him with the 23rd overall pick of the secondary phase of the 1975 draft. Bochy played his college baseball for Brevard Community College. Previously, he played prep …

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391 – 1987 Topps – Jay Howell

391 – 1987 Topps – Jay Howell

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The Cincinnati Reds drafted Jay Howell in the twelfth round of the 1973 free-agent draft. He did not sign, and the Reds selected him in the thirty-first round of the 1976 draft. Howell played his college baseball for the University of Colorado. Previously, he played prep baseball for Fairview High School in Boulder, Colorado. His …

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577 – 1987 Topps – Dann Bilardello

577 – 1987 Topps – Dann Bilardello

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The Seattle Mariners drafted Dann Bilardello in the third round of the initial 1978 free-agent draft. He did not sign, and the Los Angeles Dodgers selected him with the 7th overall pick of the secondary phase of the same draft. Bilardello played his college baseball for Cabrillo Junior College. Previously, he played prep baseball for …

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217 – 1987 Topps – Chris Codiroli

217 – 1987 Topps – Chris Codiroli

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The Detroit Tigers drafted Chris Codiroli with the 11th overall pick of the 1978 free-agent draft. Codiroli played his college baseball for San José State University. Previously, he played prep baseball for Archbishop Mitty High in San José, California. He debuted as a September call-up on September 11, 1982, drawing the start for the Oakland …

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Suicide Prevention PSA – Please Seek Help

Suicide Prevention PSA – Please Seek Help

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For music fans of a certain age, the last few months have been disastrous. It’s obviously old news by now that Soundgarden front-man Chris Cornell hanged himself in May. On June 19, 2017, Chester Bennington of the rock outfit Linkin Park went out the same way.  For each day they represent one of the over 117 …

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415 – 1987 Topps – Bobby Witt

415 – 1987 Topps – Bobby Witt

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The Cincinnati Reds drafted Bobby Witt out of Canton (Massachusetts) High School in the 7th round of the 1982 free-agent draft. Witt instead opted to attend the University of Oklahoma. In 1985, the Texas Rangers drafted the college junior in the 1st round with the 3rd overall pick. He debuted the following year, drawing the …

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