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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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h2h Corner ~ Check You Out On the Flip Side: Willie Wilson

For the history of this series, check out this article: Check You Out On the Flip Side: Howard Johnson.

Willie Wilson back 2Willie Wilson back 1

Holy crap, Willie Wilson was a freak athlete. I wasn’t really recruited for any sport, so I don’t know how many scholarships real athletes receive, but 200 seems like a ton especially because there are currently only 211 Division-I NCAA baseball teams and most go pro in something other than sports.

But baseball wasn’t Wilson’s only sport. Clearly he had the build (6’3 and 190) and speed (668 career SBs) required to succeed at multiple sports. In fact, according to Wikipedia, he was a three sport star from Summit, New Jersey (the hometown of several of my college buddies, let’s call them Lippdale and Roni or Kevo and Timbo).

What limited Wilson from being a superstar was his propensity to strike out (1,144 times in 7,731 ABs), while not being able to walk much (just 425 BBs). In the 1980 World Series, Wilson set a record by striking out 12 times. Now, he did lead the league in hitting in 1982 with a .332 AVG; however, he only posted a .365 OBP. That 1982 season should be remembered as the luckiest of his life (.380 BAbip compared to .329 for his career). Continue reading