h2h Corner ~ Check You Out On the Flip Side: Bob Boone

Bob Boone 1987 Back

Bob Boone 1987 Front

Sometimes these things write themselves. I’m no grammar Stalin, but the shear amount of broken phraseology on the backs of baseball cards is hilarious. I understand that it’s hard to fit a ton on the back of cards and Bob Boone did no favors by bucking the odds and playing 15 years as a catcher up to this point, but all you’d had to do was write “Bob adheres to a Martial Arts exercise program.”

Regardless of the eloquent-ness, Boone must have had Mr. Miyagi teaching him Martial Arts for him to play 19 years as a catcher. Even in the photo, Boone seems to be in a perfect “wax off” stance.

With all that training, Boone logged an astonishing 2,161 games as a backstop. In major league history, there are only two players who caught more games than Boone, Ivan Rodriguez and Carlton Fisk. Pretty impressive, eh? If you asked a bunch of baseball fans, it’d be a long time before they came up with Boone as the player with the third most mileage behind the plate.

While that is certainly interesting, what’s more interesting is the lineage. Aaron Boone and Brett Boone are Bob’s sons. Their grandfather, Ray, also played 13 seasons of pro ball.

Maybe I should start chai tea lessons if I want my kids to become major leaguers! Or just teach them a knuckleball.

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2 responses to this post.

  1. […] He caught the fourth most games (1950) by a catcher — behind Gary Carter, Bob Boone (FLIP SIDE HERE) and Carlton Fisk. He also posted the 10th best fielding percentage by a catcher in a season […]


  2. […] I thought the grammar on the back of the Topps cards were bad. Man, Upper Deck, which was so hot in 1990, really flubbed […]


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