Wednesday, October 27, 2010
#353 - Luis Melendez
Card fact: The "pink-yellow" color combo, which hasn't been featured since the league leaders cards, has returned to rejoin the "orange-brown" combo for the overall lead with 33 cards apiece.
What I thought about this card then: Never saw it. In fact, I know extremely little about Luis Melendez.
What I think about this card now: I can't make out what Melendez signed between "Luis" and "Melendez." But his nickname was "Torito," or "little bull." That must be it.
Other stuff: Luis Melendez was a promising outfielder in the Cardinals organization but didn't live up to his billing. He had semi-decent, 300-at-bat seasons in 1973 and 1975, but was finished with his playing career in 1977, six years after it began.
Melendez played in the Puerto Rican Winter Baseball League and went on to manage there after his playing career. He then became a low-level minor league manager for the Cardinals and the Phillies, managing the Batavia Muckdogs of the New York-Penn League in 2003 and 2004. Batavia is not too far from me.
He is now a manager for the Gulf Coast Phillies.
Back facts: This is one of the most hilarious cartoons ever. Who wrote this cartoon, Luis Melendez?
Other blog stuff: On this date in 1991, Jack Morris pitched one of the best games I've ever seen, throwing a 10-inning, 1-0 shutout in Game 7 of the World Series against the Braves, to lead the Twins to the title.