Monday, May 8, 2017
1981 Donruss, Bo Diaz
#517 Bo Diaz
This is the fourth and final card that my wife bought me for Christmas this past year. All four cards were slabbed '81 Donruss autographs from deceased players/managers that were all DNA/PSA certified. While Dan Quisenberry was my favorite of the bunch because of the Royals connection, this one was probably the coolest just because Bo passed away less than ten years after this set came out.
Bo died in 1990 while adjusting his satellite dish on his home in Venezuela. He was only 37 years old at the time.
Nonetheless, Bo had a successful Major League career. He played in the league for thirteen years with the Red Sox, Indians, Phillies, and Reds. He was a .255 hitter that slugged 87 home runs and drove in 452 RBI. He played in one World Series and two All Star Games.
His best season was with the Phillies in 1982. That year he hit .288 and had career highs with 18 dingers and 85 RBI.
'81 Donruss Tracker: #222