Tuesday, December 9, 2014
Cal Ripken Jr., 2011 Topps Lineage #194
1) I appreciate the nod to the original 1960s All-Star Rookie trophy, which was so much more majestic than the 1980s Rookie Cup. Still, it chafes me that it says "1981 All-Star Rookie". While Cal Junior debuted in 1981, he appeared in just 23 games and maintained his rookie status into 1982, when he won the Rookie of the Year award.
2) I didn't realize that Cal Ripken ever batted barehanded. I hope he didn't use the Moises Alou technique.