Monday, August 14, 2017

The 30-Day Baseball Card Challenge: Day #18

Tony, the wonderful writer of the “Off Hiatus Baseball” blog, started a fun activity based off the “30-Day Music Challenge” that Twitter users were taking. The list of challenges looks like this:

Today, we’ll continue with Challenge #18: A card of a player who became manager of your favorite team.

Since my collection consists almost entirely of Red Sox cards, I was a bit limited here. Not many former Red Sox players managed the Red Sox unless you go way back to the early player-manager days. Johnny Pesky did it recently, but I already featured one of his cards. So, I went with this guy.

This is such a classic 70's card. The pullover uniform proudly displaying the centennial patch. Those bright red caps. It's just perfect.

Butch had a pretty good season in 1977, hitting 30 home runs and driving in 112. OK. He had a really good season. Of course, the next season his numbers dropped. Bone spurs in his elbow not only dropped his batting number to 17/80, but caused him to commit 43 errors at third base. That Jeterian performance was to be expected when you have to adjust the bone spurs in your elbow after every throw. Yikes.

Of course, Hobson went on to manage the Sox from 1992-1994, posting a 207-232 record. Yeah, not great.

Hobson also managed the Nashua (NH) Pride from 2000-2007. While the Pride was not my favorite team, I used to go to many Nashua Pirates games in the 80's. So, Hobson managed teams in two cities where I often saw games. 

Which definitely qualifies him for this challenge!

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