Wednesday, July 3, 2013

1993 TOPPS FINEST: #39 CHRIS SABO


SPUDS WAS A GAMER.




"SEEING IS THE MOST IMPORTANT THING, SON.''


DEFINING THE PLAYER

  • Fan-favorite Chris Sabo might have been the game's most recognizable player in the late-1980s and early-'90s with the Reds. Sporting a buzz cut and those boxy Rec Specs, Sabo was christened "Spuds'' by Manager Pete Rose, who loved his gung-ho style. Sabo won the NL Rookie of the Year in '88 before injuries curtailed his career after nine years.

DEFINING MOMENT

  • Sabo played a key role in Game 3 of the '90 World Series on Oct. 19. After surprisingly winning the first two games, the Reds trailed the Athletics 2-1 entering the top of the third. The Reds took the lead after a single and a groundout scored two runs following an error. Then Spuds crushed a two-run homer to left off Mike Moore and the rout was on. The Reds cruised 8-3 and wrapped up the amazing sweep the next night.

DEFINING SEASON

  • In '91, Sabo enjoyed a career year, hitting .301, 26 home runs and driving in 88 runs, all career highs. He made his third and final NL All-Star team.

FIVE FINAL FACTS

  1. Played hockey as a youth in Michigan in the Ontario Junior Hockey League before committing to play baseball. No surprise he was a puckhead.
  2. An injury to third baseman Buddy Bell at the beginning of the '88 season gave Sabo, 26, his long-awaited chance. He hit .271 and stole 46 bases.
  3. Selected to the Reds Hall of Fame in '10.
  4. His final season in '96 with the Reds included a game in July in which his bat broke, exposing cork. He was suspended for seven games.
  5. Studying law at Northern Kentucky University.

SPUDS COULD SCRATCH AN INTERESTING AUTOGRAPH.

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