Thursday, November 7, 2013

1993 TOPPS FINEST: #76 CHUCK KNOBLAUCH


CUT DOWN BY STEVE SAX SYNDROME.




DOUBLE-FLAP HELMETS REMIND ME OF LITTLE LEAGUE.


DEFINING THE PLAYER

  • Eight years into his career, second baseman Chuck Knoblauch had already been named the AL Rookie of the Year in 1991 and to four AL All-Star teams as a top-of-the-order fireplug. But it all began to come apart quickly when the Gold Glove winner from '97 began having trouble making routine throws to first base two years later. After 12 years and being moved to left field, he was out of the game following the '02 season with the Royals at 33. 

DEFINING MOMENT

  • The Yankees were trailing the Braves 5-3 in the eighth of Game 3 of the '99 World Series on Oct. 26. Facing #87 Tom Glavine with Joe Girardi on first, Knoblauch homered to tie the game. The Yankees would win 6-5 in 10 innings, grabbing 3-0 Series lead. 

DEFINING SEASON

  • Knoblauch was at the height of his career in '97, when he led the AL in triples with 14, hit 13 homers, drove in a career-high 72 and stole 45 bases. He also hit a career-high .341.

FIVE FINAL FACTS

  1. Extra practice and even seeing a sports psychologist couldn't shake Knoblauch from his throwing troubles, so the Yankees were forced to move him to left in '01.
  2. Perhaps most embarrassing was an errant throw to first on a routine grounder at Yankee Stadium that went into the stands and hit Marie Olbermann, Keith's mom, in the head in '00.
  3. Stole the most bases in Twins' history with 276.
  4. Won three World Series titles with the Yankees ('98-'00) and one with the Twins ('91).
  5. Listed in the Mitchell Report as having used Human Growth Hormone.

1 comment:

  1. Chuck had some cool cards in the 90's. Still don't have the heart to part with some of them.

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