Sunday, May 5, 2013

1993 TOPPS FINEST: #23 DAVE HOLLINS


MAIN COG OF THE GREASY, GRIMEY '93 PHILS.




CHEWED BRICKS, NOT TOBACCO.


DEFINING THE PLAYER

  • Dave Hollins was the oft-injured hard-nosed cleanup hitter for the early '90s Ruffians, aka Phillies. When healthy, he was a consistent run-producer in the heart of the lineup. For the 1993 NL champs, he hit .273 with 18 homers and 93 RBI. He played 143 games that year, but wouldn't come close to matching that number until '96, when he played in 149 games for the Twins and Mariners.

DEFINING MOMENT

  • Hollins drove in the game-winning run in the fifth inning of Game 6 of the NLCS against the Braves on Oct. 13, 1993. His two-run homer off #85 Greg Maddux gave the Phillies a 4-1 lead. They would go on to win 6-3 to advance to their first World Series in 13 years.

DEFINING SEASON

  • In '92, Hollins became a gritty staple in the Phillies' lineup, hitting a career-high 27 homers. He also left the impression for being a tough guy by being hit by pitches a major-league high 19 times. 

FIVE FINAL FACTS

  1. Those 27 homers and 93 RBI in '92 were the most ever for a Phillies switch-hitter.
  2. Set another team record that year for those HBPs.
  3. Among his physical setbacks were wrist injuries and complications from diabetes, which forced him to miss time because of severe weight loss.
  4. Enjoyed a last hurrah in '97 with the Angels, hitting a career-high .288, lashing 16 homers, knocking in 85 and stealing 16 bases.
  5. Born in Buffalo, Hollins was elected to the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame in '04.

1 comment:

  1. love the card, loved the player. i tried to get hbp like he did when i was in little league....that didn't work so well. The best part of that 1993 team was that it grinded pitchers down....the team had a .351 OBP.

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