Friday, March 1, 2013

1993 TOPPS FINEST: #1 DAVID JUSTICE


GOOD-BYE, MR. RAWLINGS.




POISED FOR HIS BEST SEASON IN '93.


DEFINING THE PLAYER

  • David Justice was the sweet-swinging lefty and the 1990 NL Rookie of the Year who supplanted Dale Murphy in right field. He helped begin Atlanta's decade of NL dominance and was part of five division titles, four pennants and one World Series during his 14-year career.

FINEST MOMENT

  • A tie between homering in the sixth inning off Jim Poole in Game 6 of the '95 World Series on Oct. 28 that gave Atlanta the title and marrying Halle Berry on Dec. 31, 1992.

FINEST SEASON

  • The year this card hit packs he was on his way to finishing third in the MVP race. He wound up belting 40 homers and driving in 120 and won his first Silver Slugger award.

FIVE FINAL FACTS

  1. With Murphy traded in August '90, Justice inherited the full-time job and went on a tear to end his rookie season with 28 homers, 78 RBI.
  2. Finished behind #103 Barry Bonds and #177 Lenny Dykstra in the '93 MVP voting.
  3. Pretty Boy Justice was named one of People magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People in '94.
  4. Old Man Justice played a key role on the Moneyball A's for his ability to get on base in '02, which would be his 14th and final season.
  5. Named in the Mitchell Report for using human growth hormone to help rehab a shoulder injury, but naturally he denied it.

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