Saturday, January 20, 2018

Oversized in My Collection: 1986 Donruss All-Stars (Part 3 of 6)

In this post, we are continuing to relive the 1985 Major League All-Star Game. We have the third installment today, showcasing cards 21-30 of the oversized 1986 Donruss All-Star set.

Previously in this series:
  1. 1986 Donruss All-Stars Part 1 (1-10).
  2. 1986 Donruss All-Stars Part 2 (11-20).
#21.  Nolan Ryan.
Nolan Ryan pitched three innings, the fourth, fifth, and sixth.  He batted second in the lineup, replacing second baseman Tom Herr.  As far as batting goes, he had one at-bat, and was struck out by Dave Stieb in the bottom of the sixth.  As for pitching, he gave up two hits (a single by Dave Winfield in the fifth, and an infield single by Cal Ripken, Jr. in the sixth), two walks (to Cecil Cooper in the fifth and George Brett in the sixth), and struck out two (Jim Rice and Rickey Henderson, both in the fifth).  As we've discovered in the previous posts in the series, the game was a lopsided win by the NL, so Ryan was one of several pitchers shutting down the AL over the night.
#22.  Tony Pena.
Tony Pena was on his third All-Star team in 1985, with his other appearances at that point being 1982 and 1984.  He would be an All-Star again with the Pirates in 1986 and with the Cardinals in 1989.  In the 1985 game, Pena replaced Ryan at second in the batting order in the seventh inning, replacing Ozzie Virgil (featured below) at catcher.  As I've been writing about the game, I am basing everything on Baseball Reference's page, which includes the box score and play-by-play.  There is also information on the backs of the cards, and in this instance, they disagree.  Pena's card says that he had 0 at-bats in the 1985 All-Star Game, but Baseball Reference clearly says that he had an at-bat and struck out (in the 9th, with Dan Petry pitching).
#23.  Jack Clark.
Jack Clark replaced Steve Garvey at first base, and at 3rd in the lineup, in the fifth inning.  Clark had a groundout off Donnie Moore in the 7th, and drew a walk from Dan Petry in the 9th.  He moved to third when Willie McGee hit a ground rule double, and was left on base.  Clark was an All-Star with the Giants in 1978 and 1979, and also later with the Cardinals again in 1987, for four total appearances.  I've said before that I think Jack Clark is overrepresented in my collection; he seemed to be a big star at the time I started collecting, but he kind of faded after a few years, I think.
#24.  Dave Parker.
According to what I thought the logic of the numbering system was, I think Willie McGee should have been next, since McGee (according to Baseball Reference) batted in the fourth spot in the lineup.  Instead, we skip ahead to the fifth spot, with Dave Parker, who replaced Daryl Strawberry in the lineup and in right field in the fifth inning.  Parker went 0-for-2, with a groundout off Donnie Moore in the 7th, and a strikeout by Guillermo Hernandez in the 9th.  Parker is one of my favorite players, and I see his time with the Reds as something of an interlude between his World Series wins with the Pirates and the A's.  He did have great years with the Reds, especially 1985, in which he led the NL with 42 doubles and 125 RBI.
#25.  Tim Wallach.
Next in the set is Tim Wallach, who replaced Graig Nettles at third base and at sixth in the lineup, in the 4th inning.  This was Wallach's second of five All-Star appearances, all with the Expos.  In three plate appearances, Wallach went 1-for-2 with a walk.  In the fifth inning, he hit a ground rule double off Bert Blyleven, and then scored when Ozzie Virgil singled.
#26.  Ozzie Virgil.
Here we have the just-mentioned Phillies catcher Ozzie Virgil.  This was the first of two selections to the All-Star team for Virgil, the second being with the Braves in 1987.  As we said above, Virgil singled to score both Daryl Strawberry and Tim Wallach in the fifth; that was the end of the inning, though, because Virgil tried to make it a double but was tagged out at second base.  So, Virgil went 1-for-1 with two RBI.  I'll say that I don't remember Virgil with the Phillies; this was the period I wasn't paying attention to baseball, inbetween Bob Boone as the Phils' catcher with the 1980 championship team, and their acquisition of Lance Parrish as catcher in 1987.
#27.  Fernando Valenzuela.
I feel like I should have more Fernando Valenzuela cards in my collection.  I'm working on that.  In the game, Valenzuela pitched the 7th inning.  He walked Jim Rice, made a wild pitch which moved Rice to second base, got Gary Ward to line out, got Don Mattingly to fly out to center, and struck out Paul Molitor.  Valenzuela did not bat.  This was the fifth of sixth straight All-Star selections for Valenzuela.
#28.  Dwight Gooden.
Dwight Gooden was on the NL All-Star team but didn't appear in the game.  According to the back of the card, his manager, Davey Johnson, requested that he not be used.  The card back notes, though, that he was great in the 1984 All-Star game.  This was the second of Gooden's four selections as an All-Star.
#29.  Glenn Wilson.
Glenn Wilson of the Phillies is someone I remember well from my childhood.  He was at some point traded to the Mariners, and he wasn't happy playing in Seattle, and the Pirates got him after that.  I read an interview where he said he found the northwest depressing and was happy to come back east.  This was Wilson's only All-Star appearance, and he pinch hit for Jeff Reardon in the 9th inning.  Hernandez struck him out to end the inning, so Wilson went 0-for-1.
#30.  Garry Templeton.
Our final 1985 All-Star for this week is Garry Templeton of the Padres.  I will again trust Baseball Reference more than the card backs, as the card says this was Templeton's second time as an All-Star, but Baseball Reference says it was his third.  Templeton previously had made the team with the Cardinals in 1977 and 1979.  As we've noted before, the 1985 All-Star Game partially reflects the 1984 World Series, and as such, he is one of many Padres on the NL squad.  In the 1985 game, Templeton pinch hit for LaMarr Hoyt in the 4th inning, hitting a single off Bert Blyleven to go 1-for-1.  He moved to second when Jose Cruz walked, and then was stranded when Tom Herr grounded out.

We're halfway through the 1986 Donruss All-Star set!  Three more Saturday posts and 30 more cards to go!

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