Tuesday, March 3, 2009

1992 Upper Deck, Bob Tewksbury

#512 Bob Tewksbury

This is the last 1992 card that I will be posting on here for a while. Of course, I got this card signed through the mail. I probably sent this card off after Bob was named to the All-Star team that year.

As you can see, 1992 might have been the height of my card collecting (and autograph collecting at the time). I think that I had a little over forty cards from that year signed, mostly through the mail. Four of the cards were given to me by Rod last year, one I got this past year TTM, and I got seven of them signed in person within the past year. So, that means that one year ago, I had thirty-three of these forty-five cards signed. Four of them were signed in person and one was bought. So I had twenty-eight cards signed TTM that year (or shortly after it). Not bad for a twelve year-old kid in the days before the internet.

Anyways, back to Bob Tewksbury. The one thing that I remember about him was his insanely low walk rates. If you look at best lifetime BB/9, a majority of the leaders in that catagory pitched before 1900. On that list, Bob ranks 22nd at 1.454. But, if you look at pitchers that pitched their entire career in the 20th century, Bob ranks 4th. Babe Adams (#18) pitched from 1906-1926 and posted a 1.292 BB/9. Dan Quisenberry (#20) posted a 1.397. Addie Joss (#21) pitched from 1902-1910 and he posted a 1.408 BB/9. Bob fell into line right behind him (and right in front of Cy Young). That is an impressive stat.


Dan said...

That card has a lot going for it. Great stuff.

Dave said...

Yeah, what a beautiful card and signature. In addition to being a control king, I wonder if he was any kind of artist. That is some serious penmanship.

zman40 said...

While I'm not sure about being an artist, Bob is currently a sports psychologist for the Red Sox (according to Wikipedia).