Now you might be asking yourself, "What do Hall of Famer Gary Carter and journeyman pitcher Terry Fox have in common?"
2008 Donruss Playoff Prime Cuts,
Gary Card (card #34), numbered 27/30
1965 Topps, Terry Fox (card # 576)
The answer is that both of these cards came from my folks.
Oh, I guess I could have spent hours searching baseball-reference.com for some sort of twisted Six Degrees of Mantle thingo, but I won't.
Gary Carter is the only Expo to be selected as part of the Hall of Fame. The one in Cooperstown. He is also a member of the Mets Hall of Fame and the Canadian Baseball Hall of Fame. He played for 19 seasons, ending up as an 11 time All-Star. He collected three Golden Gloves and five Silver Sluggers. He helped the 1986 Mets win the World Series with two home runs in Game Four. He was also only one of six Mets players to play in all seven games of that series. On the other side of the field, the Red Sox had eight players in all seven games.
Terry Fox completed his seven seasons with 29 wins and 19 losses and 59 saves. He started out his Major League career in Milwaukee in 1960 with Red Schoendienst, Hank Aaron, Warren Spahn and Eddie Matthews. Nice club to start with. He then shifted over to the American League where he spent a little over five seasons in Detroit before being sold to Philadelphia.
But what caught my father's eye when he found this card is that he played in Knoxville (Smokies). He also played for the New Iberian Pelicans, the Austin Senators, the Sacramento Solons, the Denver Bears and the San Diego Padres (AAA in 1967, before they became the San Diego Padres). Gotta love the Minor Leagues.
Again, thanks to my folks.