Friday, July 19, 2013

AUTOS FROM THE ARCHIVES: RON KITTLE


TWO EXCEPTIONALLY CRAPPY PHOTOS.




GREW TO LIKE THAT '80s SOX LOGO.


THE CARD

  • The typography is off a tad here; it's narrower than the original 1984 design. The photos, both poor, also don't match the era; they're from either '89 or '90. In addition, it aggravates me when Topps is too lazy to grab a standard mug shot for the second photo on these multiple image cards. This repo seems slapped together at the last minute. Which it probably was. The back benefits from being printed on white stock.

THE AUTOGRAPH

  • Loopy, big and bold. A home run.

THE PLAYER

  • A former steel worker, Ron Kittle made his major-league debut at age 24 after 10 minor-league seasons.
  • He quickly proved he belonged and was probably held down too long. He was the '83 AL Rookie of the Year, hitting a White Sox rookie record 35 homers, as the South Siders won the AL West and made the playoffs for the first time since '59.
  • Of his 176 homers hit during his 10-year career with four AL teams, a record seven were launched onto the roof of Comiskey Park. That's Ruthian.
  • Earned his promotion from the minors after hitting 50 bombs in '82 for Triple-A Edmonton of the Pacific Coast League. I know the PCL produces almost softball league stats, but 50 jacks is still 50 jacks and a helluva season in any league.
  • Currently builds benches made from baseballs, bats and bases. Seems fitting, considering he was a steel worker.
  • He's a frequent poster on his Facebook page. Comes across as a guy you'd love as your next-door neighbor.
  • On Aug. 17, Ron Kittle's Retro Jersey Motorcycle Ride begins and ends in Countryside, Ill. A bunch of motorcyclists cruising around in No. 42 White Sox jerseys will be a sight to see.


BEFORE BILLY THE BASS THERE WAS THIS MUG.



GRAY STOCK TAKES THE SHINE OFF A NICELY DESIGNED BACK.

2 comments:

  1. Am I the only idiot who noticed that the number of this card was FFARK?

    Ffark that's a great autograph, man!

    Nick J

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  2. One of my few PC's! Love me some Kittle. Want to go fishing with him, or just hang out at the house and grill some burgers.

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