Monday, November 18, 2013

Random Topps Card of the Day: 1995 Topps #125 John Doherty

Thanks to the Topps Card Randomizer, introducing the Random Topps Card of the Day for Monday, November 18, 2013:

  • Official Card Set Name and Card Number: 1995 Topps #125.
  • Player Name, position, team: John Doherty, pitcher, Detroit Tigers.
  • Major League Debut: April 8, 1992.
  • Last Line of Statistics: 1994 stats (Tigers): 18 G, 101.1 IP, 6-7, 75 R, 73 ER, 28 SO, 26 BB, 17 GS, 2 CG, 0 SHO, 0 SV, 6.48 ERA.
  • Any special information about player: Drafted by the Tigers #19th, June 1989. Bats: right. Throws: right.
  • Number of regular Topps Cards (includes regular and traded cards only): 3. This is his third and final Topps card.
  • Blurb on the back: "John's family lived within walking distance of Yankee Stadium until he was seven, then moved a half-hour north to Westchester County. He's not, he says, "this tough kid from The Bronx. We had pick-up games from 10 in the morning until 6 at night."
  • Commentary: Maybe it's just my mind wandering, or maybe it's the scanner that needs to be cleaned. Maybe it's the card itself, I don't know. But the borders of this card are a darker shade of white (is there even such a thing???). Maybe the card is just showing it's age...after all, it's almost 18 years old. John Harold Doherty's major league career lasted for about four-plus seasons with the Detroit Tigers and Boston Red Sox (that's where the plus comes in). In 1995, his last with the Tigers, Doherty earned a 5-9 record, finished 18 games, saving six of them, had an ERA of 5.10, and struck out 46 of the 499 batters he faced in 113 innings of work. The following year, the Tigers placed him on waivers, with the Red Sox claiming him from the waiver wire. Although he did begin the year on the Boston roster, after 3 appearances and a 5.68 ERA, Doherty was sent to the minors, playing for both the Trenton Thunder (AA-Eastern) and Pawtucket Red Sox (AAA-International). But after doing well in Trenton to earn the promotion to Pawtucket (4 games, 1-1, 1.85 ERA, 14 K's), he couldn't keep it going in AAA. A 6.62 ERA, along with a 1-4 record as the PawSox's swingman did not earn him a contract with the Red Sox the following season. It would be his last year as a player in professional baseball. But at least he was able to get in on some cardboard history from 1993-1995.
  • Lo-Hi Beckett value: $0.05-$0.15.
  • How many cards of this player do I own?: 3 cards.

Tomorrow's card will be: 2004 Topps Traded and Rookies #T46. Post will arrive at 1:00 PM CST. Flash back with the blog tomorrow.


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