Wednesday, January 25, 2012

1989 UPPER DECK OREL HERSHISER

PLENTY OF BITE ON THE MOUND,
PLENTY OF CLASS OFF IT.
LASORDA HAD A KNACK
FOR FINDING THE SPOTLIGHT

THE FRONT PAGE

  • Classic mid-delivery action shot of Orel Hershiser, who went from librarian to terminator every fifth day, and sometimes more often.
  • Probably enough has been said about '89 Upper Deck but I'll add my two cents: A true game-changer and one of the iconic sets of all-time.

THE BACK PAGE

  • I'm wondering if that photo was taken after he set the consecutive-scoreless innings streak at Jack Murphy Stadium in San Diego.
  • He was victimized by poor run support (3.19 runs a game) in '89 and followed his Cy Young season by going 15-15 with a 2.31 ERA.

PHOTO PLAY

  • A lot of the Upper Deck card photos were underexposed but these were on the money.

EXTRA, EXTRA

  • Bulldog was a workhorse but after averaging 263 innings from '87-'89, he broke down in '90, suffering a torn rotator cuff.
  • He returned in '91, going 7-2 with a 3.46 ERA.
  • Do you realize that after ending the '88 season with 59 consecutive scoreless innings, he added eight scoreless in his first playoff start against the Mets?
  • I got Hershiser's autograph at an '89 spring training game in Lakeland, Fla. A bunch of us were waiting for him near the team bus. He was one of the last players out of the locker room, when he said he had to put something on the bus but would return. That's normally code for "I'm not signing today.'' But, sure enough, he bounded back off the bus and signed for about 15 minutes.
  • I also got Don Sutton's autograph earlier that day. He was there doing the radio broadcast for the Dodgers. That was my second best day ever for getting autographs. I'll tell you one day about the best.

EVERYBODY WANTED YOU IN '89.
SUTTON SIGNED IN BETWEEN INNINGS,
REACHING OUT FROM THE RADIO BOOTH TO FANS.

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