Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Cal Ripken, Jr., 1987 Topps Glossy All-Stars #16
1986 All-Star Game before scanning this card. That year's Midsummer Classic took place in the Houston Astrodome on July 15 and the American League eked out a 3-2 win. Cal Ripken, Jr. started at shortstop for the A.L. and nearly played the whole game, but went 0-for-4 with a pair of strikeouts (Fernando Valenzuela and Mike Scott got him to whiff) before Tony Fernandez subbed in on defense in the bottom of the ninth. On the plus side, Cal played an errorless game with one assist. In other O's news from the game, Eddie Murray was selected to the team but did not play, as he had a balky hamstring. Reliever Don Aase bailed out the Yankees' Dave Righetti in the ninth, entering with one out and runners on the corners and coaxing a game-ending double play grounder off the bat of Chris Brown to earn the save. Despite Aase's heroics, American League starter Roger Clemens was voted the game's MVP. Something about three perfect innings, blah blah blah.