Author: David Mitchner

Dave loves sports, and is a seminary dropout. He discusses sports and religion all the time. He's also collected autographs since the early '90s when he wrote to a couple of baseball players. He loves Historical Fencing, Mixed Martial Arts, and trying to do his best rendition of effigies possible.
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. He went 1 for 2 with a walk and a single, as the Padres beat the Atlanta Braves one to nothing at San Diego Stadium.

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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 in the ninth for Tony Armas. He continued in the game into extra innings at right field for the As, against the visiting Minnesota Twins at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. He ground out to Doug Corbett in his first at-bat, and again struck out in the eleventh .

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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 the game playing right field in place of Hosken Powell. The Minnesota Twins wound up losing the game to the visiting Kansas City Royals at Metropolitan Stadium.

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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 Cubs fan who merely made a mistake. Steve Bartman did exactly what 99% of fans would have done in that situation. In fact, in the photo, there appears to be other fans making a play for the same foul ball. However, one incident, even for a long-suffering fan base such as the Chicago Cubs, should not cause a game to turn the way it did.

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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 baseball for Melbourne High School in Melbourne, Florida. His major league debut came on July 19, 1978, catching the entire game for the Astros, while visiting the New York Mets at Shea Stadium. He went 2 for 3 in his debut games, and caught Lee Mazzilli stealing. His battery mate for the entire game was Mark Lemongello.

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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 major league début came on August 10, 1980, pitching the ninth inning in relief of Paul Moskau. He gave up no hits and no runs in his début, hitting Steve Garvey as his only base runner, as the Reds lost to the visiting Los Angeles Dodgers at Riverfront Stadium.

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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 Marello Prep High School in Santa Cruz, California. His major league debut came on April 11, 1983, starting behind the plate for the Cincinnati Reds. In his first major league game, he went 1 for 4 with 2 RBI on a double, hosting the Chicago Cubs at Riverfront Stadium.

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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 Athletics. His first game saw him pitch at the Oakland Colosseum against the Chicago White Sox. He pitched 8.0 innings, allowed 2 runs on 4 hits, and took the loss.

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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 people who took their own life that day, or about 1 suicide every 12 minutes. Of these 117, approximately 22 each day are veterans. The last numbers available per this New York Times article, 42,773 people committed suicide in 2014, and was a continuing upward trend. 

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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 start at Arlington Stadium against the Toronto Blue Jays on April 10, 1986. He pitched 3.1 innings, allowing 6 runs on 5 hits and 6 walks. He also threw 1 wild pitch in his début.

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