Sunday, May 29, 2016

Jim Thome card #64 1996 Leaf #169

  • Wow, what a horrible scan.  The foil border did not take too kindly to the scanner's light, causing a grainy, dirty look.  You can barely see Jim's name in the lower right, and the "Cleveland Indians" name in the circle is almost non-existent.
  • Something not seen very often on a baseball card--batting gloves hanging out of a guy's back pocket.   I've always wondered why players put them in their pockets, wouldn't it be easier to leave them in their batting helmet at the bench?
  • Home runs #64 & 65 were hit in the same game, against the Brewers on 5/21/96.  The Indians won the game 6-5, but what struck me was the box score at the end of the game.   Jim's OPS at game's end was 1.137, an incredible number.  But it wasn't even the best on the team!  Albert Belle had a 1.185 OPS at that time.  
  • Jim was still hitting 6th in that lineup by the way, showing you just how deep the '96 Indians were.
- Robert

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