Friday, October 16, 2009
1995 Bowman's Best, Dennis Eckersley
#58 Dennis Eckersley
Here is another great through the mail success that I got in the mid-90s. I'm not too sure about my card selection on this one, but an autograph from a Hall of Famer is an autograph from a Hall of Famer. Usually, my scanner can make a bad card look better, but that is not the case with this one. It looks much better in person. I guess my scanner couldn't handle all of the foil.
I don't think that there is much I can tell you about Dennis that isn't already known. He, of course, was the first player to ever have a 20 win season and a 50 save season during his career. The difference between Dennis and John Smoltz (the other guy to have accomplished that feat) is that there was a 14-year span between the two seasons. There was only a 7-year gap for Smoltz, who ended up moving back into the rotation.
Eck finished his career a six time All Star with 390 saves. In 1992, the year he recorded 51 saves, he was awarded the American League Cy Young award and the MVP award. So far, he is the last pitcher to be named MVP.