Tuesday, February 4, 2014

1993 TOPPS FINEST: #101 TERRY PENDLETON


IT ALL CAME TOGETHER IN '91.



A ZERO APPEARS TO BE MISSING UNDER 3B.



DEFINING THE PLAYER

  • Some never get the chance to grab the brass ring, but Terry Pendleton did, playing in five World Series. And each time he came up empty, four times with the Braves in the 1990s and once with the Cardinals in '87. Despite the lack of a ring, Pendleton did take home some hardware -- the '91 NL MVP for the upstart Braves who ended seven consecutive losing years by winning the pennant. In his 15-year career, he won two Gold Gloves and was MVP runner-up in '92.

DEFINING MOMENT

  • Pendleton doubled home the winning run in the eighth inning of Game 6 of the '91 World Series on Oct. 26, scoring Lonnie Smith from firrrssst ... Never mind. Skates didn't score after being deked at second by #76 Chuck Knoblauch of the Twins. That could've been a storybook ending to a storybook season. Oh well. It still typified how Pendleton had a knack for coming through in clutch for the Braves that season.

DEFINING SEASON

  • Pendleton and the Braves took the game by storm in '91. He led the NL in hitting with a .319 average and 187 hits, whacking a career-high 22 homers and driving in 86.

FIVE FINAL FACTS

  1. After a subpar first two full seasons when he hit .240 in '85 and .239 in '86, Pendleton emerged the following season with 96 RBI and 19 steals, hitting 12 homers and batting .286.
  2. Also in '87, Pendleton won the Cardinals' first Gold Glove at third since Ken Reitz in '75.
  3. Left the Cardinals and signed a four-year $10.2 million contract with the new-look Braves in December '90.
  4. You certainly could argue Pendleton had a better season in '92, hitting .311, 21 homers and driving in career-high 105 runs. He also led the NL in hits once again with 199.
  5. In the seven-game epic Series against the Twins, Pendleton batted .367, with two homers, three doubles and three RBI.

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