Orioles Card "O" the Day

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Sunday, September 5, 2010

Mike Mussina, 1995 Fleer Pro Visions #1

I feel safe in saying that Mike Mussina, who was born in Williamsport but called Montoursville home, is the best Pennsylvanian in Orioles history. He won 270 games in his 18-year career, 147 of them in his ten years in Baltimore. While with the O's he was a five-time All-Star and a four-time Gold Glover. Plus he inspired some mean works of art.

There's not as much competition as you'd think, especially considering that the Keystone State has produced more major leaguers than any other state in the USA - 1,373 in all. The most prominent names include Hall of Famer Reggie Jackson, who played just one abbreviated campaign in Charm City; Jamie Moyer, who resurrected his career here but notched only 25 of his 267 wins in orange and black; the aforementioned Cal Abrams; Jeff "Super" Manto, the slugging journeyman who amassed 17 of his 31 career homers in his 89 games as an Oriole in 1995; and Nolan Reimold, who made a case for Rookie of the Year last year before crumbling in 2010. There's still time for Nolan to supplant Moose, though.

3 comments:

Commish said...

That card looks like it was done by a high school art class student.

Kevin said...

Bob - I kind of like it. It's no goofier than those old Donruss Diamond Kings.

Commish said...

Fair point, I didn't like them either! LOL

Hope your trip went well.