Friday, September 24, 2010

Random Topps Card of the Day: 1986 Topps #447 Jerry Don Gleaton

Thanks to the Topps Card Randomizer, introducing the Random Topps Card of the Day for Friday, September 24, 2010:

  • Official Card Set Name and Card Number: 1986 Topps #447
  • Name, position, team: Jerry Don Gleaton, pitcher, Chicago White Sox.
  • Major League Debut: July 11, 1979.
  • Last Line of Statistics: 1985 stats (White Sox): 31 G, 29.2 IP, 1-0, 19 R, 19 ER, 22 SO, 13 BB, 0 GS, 0 CG, 0 SHO, 1 SV, 5.76 ERA.
  • Any special information about player: Drafted by the Rangers #1st June, 1979. Traded by the Mariners to the White Sox 06/27/1984. Bats: left, Throws: left.
  • Any special information about this specific card: Gleaton's fifth regular Topps card (total includes regular and traded cards only). Classic headshot, and combined with that "ice cream man" looking White Sox cap, one has to wonder what were those designers thinking. The White Sox, I've heard, have gone through the most uniform designs/changes of any Major League ballclub. And fortunately, the Sox haven't reverted to this design since turning to silver and black. Jerry Don Gleaton (don't call him Jerry Gleaton) was groomed to be a starting pitcher early in his career, but was converted to a relief pitcher in 1982 with the Mariners. He would bounce around the majors and Triple A throughout his career, being called up to the big club as needed. He spent three years with the White Sox organization, playing for both the Sox and their AAA teams in Denver, then Buffalo. He spent all of 1986 with the Bison and signed with the Royals after the season ended. The blurb on the back says that Gleaton earned his first MLB win on 04/10/1981, a 10-2 win over the Angels. Below the blurb is a "Talkin' Baseball segment, mentioning that the "youngest pitcher in White Sox history was Jim Derrington, who was 16 years old during the 1956 season." He is currently an Assistant Coach for the Howard Payne University Yellow Jackets.
  • Beckett value: $0.02-$0.10.
  • How many cards of this player do I own?: 9 cards.
Tomorrow's card will be: 1984 Topps Traded #91T. Post will arrive at 1:00 PM CST. Flash back with the blog tomorrow.


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