Words of praise from 1999 Bowman

3 02 2011

A few years back, I decided it would be a good idea to put together the 1999 Bowman set, primarily because it featured rookie cards of both Adam Dunn and Austin Kearns. While the set itself is more Kearns than Dunn, it’s still been an enjoyable decision on my part.  Go me.

My brother sent me a box of cards for Christmas and I’ve finally begun the sorting process.  It means more hockey coming soon (hooray!) and it means a few 1999 Bowman cards to bring me closer to completion.

One aspect of these that I had overlooked was the scouting reports on the back of the cards.  Most of them are your usual jumbles of plaudits and praise.  There is the occasional phrase that caught my eye, though.

For example, this card of Joe Lawrence lists him as, “troublesome to pitch to.”  Joe played in 55 games for the Blue Jays in 2002, sporting a hefty .180 batting average and two home runs.  Sounds like pitchers got over those troubles pretty quickly.

Scott Randall “throws worm-burners” according to the back of his card, a euphemism for the sinker that I had never heard until now.  Worms were the only thing he set fire to, leaving a career 6.51 ERA in 27.2 innings of work.

And finally, my favorite of the bunch, Reds prospect Mike Frank.  The back of Frank’s card calls him an “irrepressible hustler.”  That’s right.  “Irrepressible hustler.”  That means his hustle is impossible to control, and perhaps his inability to do so led to his eventual downfall as a player.  And for reds fans, Frank was part of a package that landed Drew Henson, which was then part of the package for Wily Mo Pena, who was traded straight up for Bronson Arroyo.  So we can always thank him for that.

I have not been irrepressible in my hunt for the rest of this set, but thanks to these I’m now nineteen cards from completion.  If you have any of these you’d like to get rid of, I’m all ears.

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