Swings and misses

1956 Topps

In 12 big league seasons Bob Skinner hit .277 with 103 home runs. He played for the Pittsburgh Pirates from 1954-1963 with his best season coming for the team in 1962. He hit .302 with 20 home runs that year. He joined the Cincinnati Reds in 1963, then played for the St. Louis Cardinals for three years at the end of his career. Skinner was a member of two teams that won the World Series. He hit .200 for the Pirates in the 1960 Fall Classic to help them best the New York Yankees. He hit .667 as a pinch hitter for the Cardinals in 1964 as they also defeated the Yankees. Following his playing career, Skinner was a coach and manager in the majors. He is the father of former major leaguer Joel Skinner.


Glenn Adams played for eight years, mostly for the Minnesota Twins, hitting .280 with 34 home runs. He came up with the San Francisco Giants in 1975 and played two seasons for them. He joined the Twins in 1977 and was a starter for the team the next two years. He had the best season of his career in 1979, hitting .301 while setting career highs in home runs (8), RBIs (50) and runs scored (34). Adams spent two more years with Minnesota before joining the Toronto Blue Jays in 1982 for what would be the final year of his career.

1983 Donruss

An all star as a rookie in 1983, Matt Young pitched for 10 seasons in the majors, going 55-95 for five teams. His first year was his best as a starter. He won 11 games for the Seattle Mariners that year and made his only All-Star team. Young led the American League in losses (19) in 1985 then moved into the Mariners’ bullpen in 1986. He was 8-6 with 13 saves that season and saved 11 more games for the Los Angeles Dodgers in 1987. Young pitched for the Oakland A’s in 1988, then returned to the Mariners’ rotation in 1988 only to lose 18 games. He pitched for two years for the Boston Red Sox and finished with the Cleveland Indians in 1993. Young was a member of the 1989 A’s team that beat the San Francisco Giants in the World Series. He pitched in one game in the American League Championship Series, but did not pitch in the World Series. On April 12, 1992 while pitching for the Red Sox, Young pitched a no-hitter against the Cleveland Indians. He walked seven in the game and allowed two runs in a losing effort. However, because Boston was the visiting team, Young only pitched eight innings. Thus, his accomplishment did not count as an ‘official’ no-hitter according to Major League Baseball.

Letters to Frank White and Benito Santiago were returned. Our letter to Billy O’Dell was returned with a note informing us of his passing. Our condolences to his family.

Published by Chris

Writer, historian, father, intrepid traveller, journalist, aging punk ... I am actually in a Hall of Fame.

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