Tuesday, September 30, 2014

1993 TOPPS FINEST: #146 CHAD CURTIS

''NOW BATTING FOR GH CORRECTIONAL ...''



TRIVIA: BORN IN MARION, IND., HOME TO A FAMOUS PRISON.



DEFINING THE PLAYER

  • Chad Curtis cloaked himself in scripture when he played, wearing a "What Would Jesus Do?'' bracelet on his wrist. Surprisingly, he didn't have a "Thank Heaven for Little Girls'' bracelet on the other. Last year he was found guilty of six counts of criminal sexual conduct with female students while a teacher at a Michigan high school in 2012. On the field, he was an average player for 10 seasons with six teams, delivering some pop (14 homers per season) and speed (29 steals). What Would Jesus Do? What Would Those Fathers Do? ... if they had 10 minutes alone with Curtis, who has maintained his innocence.

DEFINING MOMENT

  • Even when Curtis did something extraordinary on the field, he had to do something off the field to push an agenda. In Game 3 of the '99 World Series on Oct. 26, Curtis' second homer of the game in the 10th inning gave the Yankees a 6-5 victory. Jim Gray of NBC went to interview Curtis, who declined, saying the organization was boycotting him because of his controversial interview with Pete Rose before Game 2. Yankees manager Joe Torre said the team did not agree to shun Gray and that the decision was Curtis' alone. Tired of his act, the Yankees traded Curtis to the Rangers in the offseason.

DEFINING SEASON

  • With the Tigers in '95, Curtis reached the 20/20 club, hitting a career-high 21 homers and stealing 27 bases. He hit .268 but was caught stealing 15 times.

FIVE FINAL FACTS

  1. Drafted in the 45th round of the '89 draft.
  2. Curtis stole 212 bases but was successful only 68 percent of the time.349/.396.
  3. After playing his first three seasons with the Angels, Curtis was traded to the Tigers for #75 Tony Phillips in April '95.
  4. Became the first right-handed batter to homer into the right-field upper deck of the Ballpark in Arlington as a member of the Rangers in '00.
  5. Currently serving 7-15 at the Gus Harrison Correctional Facility in Adrian, Mich.

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