We have another of the 1990 Topps Mini League Leaders today, with #49 Mark Grace. Grace is the second of five Cubs in the set; as P-Town Tom pointed out on Monday's post of Mike Bielecki, the 1989 Cubs had a good year, winning the NL East. It would be until 2003 that they won their division again.
#49, Mark Grace.
Mark Grace was in his second season, and was a big deal in the baseball card world. He was a 1988 Donruss Rated Rookie and made the 1989 Topps All-Star Rookie Team. He was featured in all sorts of boxed sets and rookie sets at the time. Grace finished second in the 1988 NL Rookie of the Year voting to Chris Sabo. Since I stopped watching baseball in 1994, I didn't know what happened to him, but I see now that he went on to be part of the 2001 champion Diamondbacks team.
Mark Grace card back.
Grace made his way into this league leaders set by finishing 4th in the NL in batting average and 4th in on-base percentage, while also placing seventh in walks.
More Cubbies for the next few installments. Thanks for reading!