Swings and misses

1988 Topps

Ken Gerhart played three seasons for the Baltimore Orioles, hitting .221 with 24 home runs in 215 games from 1986-1988. He was a starting outfielder for the team his final two years and hit 14 home runs in 1987. However, Gerhart was hit on the wrist by a pitch that season and the injury eventually ended his career.

1988 Fleer

Mark Wasinger played in 50 games for the San Diego Padres and San Francisco Giants from 1986-1988. In 90 at bats he hit .244 with one home run.

1992 Donruss

A five-time all-star and the 1997 National League Most Valuable Player, Larry Walker spent 17 years in the majors, playing for the Montreal Expos, Colorado Rockies and St. Louis Cardinals from 1989-2005. He hit .313 with 383 home runs and 230 stolen bases, and won three Silver Sluggers and seven Gold Gloves. Walker hit over .360 three times in his career, with his .379 mark in 1999 being his zenith. However, his performance in 1997 is arguably the best of his career. Walker hit .366 that season for Colorado, while smashing a league-best 49 home runs to go along with 130 RBIs, 143 runs scored and 33 stolen bases. Later in his career, he reached the World Series with the Cardinals, but lost to the Boston Red Sox in 2004. Walker, however, hit .357 in the series. In 2020, Walker was elected to the baseball Hall of Fame. He is also a member of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame.

Published by Chris

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

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