They can bring a whole life and personality to what otherwise would just be a name in a box score. I’ve fallen in love with players over their Strat-o-Matic cards before. Kenny Williams is one that immediately comes to mind. I’d never heard of him before Strat. Once his 1922 St Louis Browns card had a few clutch hits for me in my league, I went on to research his life and career and now he has become one of my favorites of that era.
Along those same lines, inspired first by a 1933 Goudey Gum baseball card, Jared Thatcher at Full Spectrum Baseball has become a fan of Sam West’s, and this morning he posted an appreciation of West’s life and career.
Q: Has a replay or a baseball card ever turned you into a fan of a ballplayer you’d never known or appreciated before?