Wednesday, May 28, 2014

AUTOS FROM THE ARCHIVES: VON HAYES

VON GONE?


HIS NUMBERS FELL SHORT OF EXPECTATIONS.


THE CARD

  • Pretty decent shot on this 1987 woodie that gives you an idea of Von Hayes' gangly build. I swear he had the longest legs, looking more like a pair of Channellock pliers than ballplayer.

THE AUTOGRAPH

  • Wispy and fairly legible, it looks perfect on this card.

THE PLAYER

  • Hayes never quite lived up to expectations in Philadelphia, but when you're traded straight up for five other players, a lot is expected. Especially in the City of Brotherly (Tough) Love.
  • After playing his first two seasons with the Indians and hitting 15 homers, driving in 99 and stealing 40 bases combined, the Phillies made an offer that couldn't be refused in December 1982: Manny Trillo, Julio Franco, George Vukovich, Jerry Willard and Jay Baller.
  • On June 11, 1985, Hayes became the first major-leaguer to homer twice in the first inning. He led off with a blast off the Mets' Tom Gorman and followed it with a slam off Calvin Schiraldi.
  • Another two-homer game, this one on June 8, 1989, against the Pirates also proved memorable. The Pirates took a 10-0 lead in the top of the first, and Pittsburgh announcer and former pitcher Jim Rooker said he'd walk home if they lost. Hayes' two bombs and four RBI fueled a 15-11 Phillies victory. Following the season, Rooker did a charity walk from Philadelphia to Pittsburgh.
  • Hayes' best season occurred in '86, leading the NL in runs (107) and doubles (46), while hitting a career-high .305 and adding 19 homers and 98 RBI.
  • Averaged 15 homers and 25 steals from '82-'90.
  • Hayes played nine seasons with the Phillies, hitting 124 homers and slashing .272/.363/.427.

SURVIVED NINE SEASONS IN PHILADELPHIA.


COMING OFF HIS CAREER-SEASON WHEN THIS CARD HIT PACKS.

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