Thursday, January 24, 2013

George Frazier

This is another card from the fundraiser/private signing event. I really like how this one came out. George Frazier's signature isn't necessarily as legible as Bob Anderson's from yesterday but it has a lot of flourish. I could probably make a pretty good guess towards "George" but probably wouldn't ever pull "Frazier" out of there. Still better than the scribbles and/or initials of many current players. I was also a little nervous about how this one would turn out seeing as he is wearing the solid blue jersey rather than the home pinstripes. But unlike the Chris Speier card from a few weeks ago, this one looks just as good in person as the scan.

I made a mention in the blurb that Frazier came from the Indians in a multi-player trade. These were the days of blockbuster trades where 6, 7, 8 guys swapped teams. This trade brought Rick Sutcliffe and Ron Hassey to the Cubs as well. In return, the Cubs sent Joe Carter, Mel Hall, Don Schulze and Daryl Banks to the Cleveland Indians

Hassey is still the only player to catch two perfect games. Sutcliffe was a former ROY with the Indians and went on to win the Cy Young award the year of the trade with a 20-6 record (16-1 after joining Cubs). Joe Carter hit the famous home run to end the 1993 World Series for the Blue Jays against former Cub Mitch Willliams. Mel Hall finished 3rd in the ROY voting in 1983. Banks was a former 1st Round draft pick for the Cubs. 

So saying there was multi-player trade may have been a bit of an understatement. 

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