Monday, July 30, 2012

ODDBALL ROLL CALL: U.S. BASEBALL TEAM WILL CLARK

CLARK WAS A DH/OF FOR TEAM USA.


GUESS MISS. ST. KEPT ITS BASEBALL STATS PRETTY SECRET.

Oddball Roll Call is a new feature highlighting oddball cards and knick-knacks from my collection. Two more cards will be featured this week.


WHY I LIKE IT

  • It's a Will Clark Olympic card, and he's wearing the blue USA uniform instead of the red that the rest of his teammates were rocking in the popular '85 Topps subset. 
  • This photo was taken at Fenway Park; the photos from the Topps subset were taken at Cleveland's Municipal Stadium. 
  • This unauthorized card looks sharp, at least the front of it. You can find these on eBay for practically nothing. 

WHAT'S THE STORY?

  • It was released in the '90s. Along with Clark, Barry Larkin was the other high-profile '84 Olympic team member who didn't get a card in the '85 subset. Both were amateurs at the time.
  •  In '92, Dairy Queen had a very cool Olympic set featuring players from the '84 (including Clark and Larkin), '88 and '92 teams.
  • In five Olympic games, Nuschler batted .429 with with three HRs and eight RBI.

HOW I ACQUIRED IT

  • A '90s card show in Tampa. I think I paid a $1 or less. 
  • Always been intrigued by that first-ever Olympic baseball team. Baseball was a demonstration sport and the United States won the silver, losing to Japan in the final. Cuba joined the U.S.S.R. to boycott the Games. Got to figure those pros from that baseball-crazy country would've been on the podium.

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