Saturday, February 3, 2018

Oversized in My Collection: 1986 Donruss All-Stars (Part 5 of 6)

Welcome to our fifth installment showing the 1986 Donruss All-Star set, ten cards at a time.  This week we are continuing with the American League bench from the 1985 All-Star game, for cards 41-50.  Next week will be our final post for this set.  As we recap the game below, it's worth remembering that it was a lopsided 6-1 win for the NL.

Previously in this series:
  1. 1986 Donruss All-Stars Part 1 (1-10).
  2. 1986 Donruss All-Stars Part 2 (11-20).
  3. 1986 Donruss All-Stars Part 3 (21-30).
  4. 1986 Donruss All-Stars Part 4 (31-40).
#41. Phil Bradley.
First up this week is Phil Bradley, outfielder for the Mariners.  I remember Bradley was briefly with the Phillies after the Mariners, and then he was with the Orioles and White Sox, and played a little in Japan as well.  The Phillies traded him to the Orioles for Ken Howell, who was briefly the ace of the Phils.  In the All-Star Game, Bradley went 0-for-1, striking out against Jeff Reardon.  It was Bradley's only All-Star appearance.
#42. Dan Petry.
Dan Petry of the Tigers was a starting pitcher, going 18-8 when the Tigers won the World Series in 1984, and finishing 15-13 with a 3.36 ERA in 1985.  Like Phil Bradley, this was his only All-Star appearance.  In the game, he pitched 1/3 of an inning, giving up three walks and two runs (both earned).  He took over from Donnie Moore to start the ninth inning, and promptly walked Ryne Sandberg and Tim Raines.  Tony Pena then struck out, and Jack Clark walked.  He was then pulled.
#43. Guillermo Hernandez.
After Petry was pulled, Guillermo Hernandez took over.  He gave up a ground-rule double to Willie McGee, with two runs scoring, both charged to Petry.  He then struck out Dave Parker, intentionally walked Tim Wallach, and struck out Glenn Wilson of the Phillies to finish the top of the 9th.

This was the second of three consecutive All-Star appearances for Hernandez, who, like Petry, also won the World Series with the Tigers in 1984.  He even won both the Cy Young and the AL MVP that season, as he finished 68 of the Tigers' games, earning a 9-3 record with 32 saves.  Hernandez was also on the pennant-winning 1983 Phillies.  He stayed with Detroit through the end of his career in 1989, pitching with them in the ALCS again in 1987 when the Tigers won the AL East.
#44. Tom Brunansky.
That 1987 ALCS was won by the Twins, and Tom Brunansky was part of that championship team.  Brunansky's only All-Star appearance was this one in 1985, and he went 0-for-1, grounding out off Jeff Reardon to end the 8th inning.  Brunansky's career spanned 1981-1994, and he played with the Angels, Cardinals, Red Sox, and Brewers in addition to the Twins.
#45. Alan Trammell.
Alan Trammell and the previously-featured Jack Morris finally give that 1984 Tigers team a couple of Hall-of-Famers.  While I don't have as much respect for the Hall as I once did, I do hope that they see fit to include Trammell's and Morris' teammate Lou Whitaker at the next opportunity.

Trammell entered the game in the 7th inning, substituting for Cal Ripken, Jr. at shortstop.  Like most of the AL batters, he wasn't very effective at the plate that night, grounding out off Goose Gossage in the 9th, in his only plate appearance.  This was the third of six All-Star appearances for the MVP of the 1984 World Series.
#46. Donnie Moore.
Reliever Donnie Moore had 31 saves in 1985 and an ERA of only 1.92; he had 21 saves and a 2.97 ERA the next year as the Angels took the AL West.  Like several of the other players featured here, 1985 was Moore's only All-Star Game.  He pitched two innings, giving up no runs.  He faced only six batters, getting ground outs from Jack Clark, Willie McGee, Dave Parker, and Pete Rose, striking out Tim Wallach, and getting Ozzie Smith to fly out to center.
#47. Wade Boggs.
Wade Boggs replaced Paul Molitor at third base in the ninth inning; Molitor moved to center field, and Phil Bradley came out of the game.  In his only plate appearance, Boggs drew a walk from Goose Gossage.  Boggs was still young, then, and the 1985 game was the first of his 12 straight All-Star appearances.
#48. Ernie Whitt.
This was catcher Ernie Whitt's only All-Star appearance as well.  He replaced Carlton Fisk on the field in the top of the 6th, and was replaced at catcher by Rich Gedman in the 8th.  He didn't get to bat; instead, when he came up, Gary Ward pinch hit for him.  While he was catching, and Dave Stieb was pitching, Jose Cruz stole second.  Whitt's career lasted 1976-1991, mainly with the Jays, but he was also briefly with the Red Sox, Braves, and Orioles.
#49. Harold Baines.
Now, one of my personal favorite players, Harold Baines.  While 1985 was the first of his six All-Star appearances, for some reason it wasn't his first time showing up in the Donruss All-Stars set; I showed his card from the 1984 set earlier.  According to Baseball Reference, the top 5 most similar batters to Baines are Tony Perez, Al Kaline, Dave Parker, Billy Williams, and Andre Dawson, four out five of whom are in the Hall.  Anyway, in the 1985 All-Star Game, Baines pinch hit for pitcher Jimmy Key in the third, hitting a single off NL starting pitcher LaMarr Hoyt.  It was one of only five hits for the AL all night.
#50. Don Mattingly.
Finishing out this installment at card #50 is Donnie Baseball, Don Mattingly, in his prime.  In the 7th inning, he replaced Eddie Murray at first base.  He flied out off Fernando Valenzuela in his only at-bat, in the bottom of the 7th.  In 1985, Mattingly won a Silver Slugger and a Gold Glove, was the AL MVP, and led the league in doubles with 48 and RBI with 145.  When he was good, he was great.

That's it for this week.  We have one more installment to go, so we'll see the last ten cards, including the Metrodome itself, next week.  Thanks for reading!

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