Saturday, December 6, 2008
1987 Topps, Steve Boros
#143 Steve Boros
Here is another Padrograph of a person that I am unfamiliar with. I have lots of '87 Topps and even a complete set, but I don't recognize this card. But, the more I see it, the more familiar it looks to me (whatever that means). I guess that I really didn't care too much about manager cards back then.
Boros had a short career as a manager. He was the A's manager in 1983 and was canned after 44 games in 1984. He was the Padres skipper in 1986 and guided the team to a 74-88 record (which is the same record that the A's had in '83), which isn't horrible. For whatever reasons, he was not brought back the next year.
It's kind of funny that Topps puts "manager" on the front of the card since the rest of the cards list the position on the back. I guess they didn't want the old guys to be confused with the players.
Update: After reading Dave's comment, I decided to look into Mr. Boros some more. So, I went to his Wikipedia page and found some great stuff. For one, he was one of Whitey Herzog's coaches while he was with the Royals. That's neat since I just posted Whitey on here a couple of days ago. Another thing I learned is that he has a degree in literature. That's an interesting degree for a manager. The third great tidbit that I found was that he once got ejected from a game while turning in the linup card. Apparently he was carrying a video tape out out to the plate that had a blown call from the night before. The umpire saw the tape he was carrying and ejected him before he could even hand in the card. That's some good stuff.