Wednesday, October 17, 2012
COMMON VALOR: 1986 TOPPS BO DIAZ
An awfully good evening action shot from a set that had a lot of standout catcher cards.
Tommy Herr slides into home, likely during the 1985 season, during an era when the Cardinals were the jackrabbits of baseball, the perfect Turf team that took small ball and turbocharged it.
Safe or out? Your guess is as good as mine. I researched but couldn't find out. I say ''out'' because it looks like Bo Diaz has the plate blocked.
A decent catcher for 13 seasons, Diaz was a two-time All-Star who had three consecutive double-digit home run seasons after being acquired by the Reds in '85.
Herr had his best season that same year, driving in a career-high 110 runs but hitting only eight homers. He scored 97 runs.
And on one night they came together at home plate, producing card No. 639.