Monday, January 14, 2013

Random Topps Card of the Day: 1988 Topps Traded #108T Don Slaught

Thanks to the Topps Card Randomizer, introducing the Random Topps Card of the Day for Monday, January 14, 2013:

  • Official Card Set Name and Card Number: 1988 Topps Traded #108T.
  • Player Name, position, team: Don Slaught, catcher, New York Yankees.
  • Major League Debut: July 06, 1982.
  • Last Line of Statistics: 1987 stats (Rangers): 95 G, 237 AB, 25 R, 53 H, 15 2B, 2 3B, 8 HR, 16 RBI, 0 SB, .405 SLG, 24 BB, 51 SO, .224 AVG.
  • Any special information about player: Drafted by the Royals, #7th, June 1980.  Traded by the Rangers to the Yankees 11/02/1987.  Bats: right. Throws: right.
  • Number of regular Topps Cards (includes regular and traded cards only): 15. This is his seventh Topps card.
  • Blurb on the back: "Had .335 Batting Average at Jacksonville in 1981."
  • Commentary: Following baseball as a youngster in the late 80's and early 90's, this guy had my favorite name for a player.  Don Slaught.  Because you'd always expect an "onslaught" of offense by this guy.  Maybe it was because he was on the Pirates and they played the Cubs so many times.  I don't know.  Well, this card was from his pre-Pirate days.  He was a member of the Royals and then the Rangers for three seasons a piece.  The back of the card, as do many player cards from 1988, had a segment called "This Way to the Clubhouse."  The blurb below indicated, "The Rangers traded Don to the Yankees, November 2, 1987.  They received Pitcher Brad Arnsberg, 11/10/1987." It's good information to have at your fingertips, especially if you wanted to know who the Yankees gave up to get him.  Slaught, as the primary catcher for the Yankees in 1988, appeared in 97 games, hit a decent .283 along with 9 home runs and 43 rbi's.  His percentages weren't bad either (.334/.450/.785 OBP/SLG/OPS).  After another season with the Yankees, he was traded to the Pirates for two players.  He would spend the next six seasons as a Pirates backstop, hitting .305 with 21 home runs and 184 rbi's in 475 games.  After stints with the Angels, White Sox, and Padres, he called it a career.    
  • Beckett value: $0.02-$0.10.
  • How many cards of this player do I own?: 17 cards.
Tomorrow's card will be: 1998 Topps #162. Post will arrive at 1:00 PM CST. Flash back with the blog tomorrow.


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1 comment:

The Junior Junkie said...

He always makes me think of Sgt. Slaughter from G.I.Joe. The mustache helps.