Mark Grant

1988 Topps

Grant pitched for eight years in the majors, compiling a 22-32 record with a 4.32 ERA and eight saves. He came up in 1984 with the San Francisco Giants but spent the following season back in the minors. He was up for good with San Francisco in 1986 but the Giants dealt him to the San Diego Padres in the middle of the 1987 season in a trade that saw Dave Dravecky go to San Francisco. Grant enjoyed the best year of his career while pitching for San Diego in 1989. He appeared in 50 games that season and won eight of them, while posting a 3.33 ERA. Grant went on to pitch for the Atlanta Braves, Seattle Mariners, Houston Astros and Colorado Rockies before his major-league run ended in 1993. He pitched for a season in the Chinese Professional Baseball League before retiring in 1996.

Grant made his debut on April 27, 1984, at Riverfront Stadium against the Cincinnati Reds. He started the game for the Giants and pitched six innings, giving up four hits and four runs, before giving way to Randy Lerch in the seventh. The Reds won 9-3.

Grant is currently the color commentator on San Diego Padres’ television broadcasts.

Duane Kuiper and Dusty Baker have both appeared in our swings and misses.

Mark Grant – career stats

1990 Donruss

Alan Fowlkes

1983 Topps

Fowlkes appeared in 23 games for the San Francisco Giants and California Angels in 1982 and 1985. He posted a 4-2 record with a 5.48 ERA and 50 strikeouts. The vast majority of those games were for the Giants in 1982. He pitched in 21 games that season, making 15 starts and even getting a complete-game win against the Montreal Expos on April 29, 1982.

Fowlkes faced Tom Seaver and the Cincinnati Reds on April 18, 1982. He pitched seven innings and gave up two runs to get the win. Seaver threw six innings and allowed four runs.

Alan Fowlkes – career stats

1983 Fleer

Donn Pall

1992 Topps

A member of the 1997 world champion Florida Marlins, Pall pitched for 10 seasons in the majors, going 24-23 with 10 saves and a 3.63 ERA. He came up with his hometown Chicago White Sox in 1988 and pitched for the team for six years before being traded to the Philadelphia Phillies in September 1993. Pall went on to play for the New York Yankees and Chicago Cubs before finishing his career by playing three years with the Marlins. He had what was probably his best season in 1991 with the ChiSox. He won seven games that year and had a 2.41 ERA in 51 games.

The final game at Comiskey Park took place on Sept. 30, 1990. The White Sox beat the Seattle Mariners 2-1. Pall did not play in the game.

Carlton Fisk played the last game of his Hall of Fame career on June 22, 1993 at Comiskey against the Texas Rangers. Pall entered the game in the top of the ninth in relief of Alex Fernandez with the score tied 2-2. He walked Gary Redus to lead off the inning, but retired the next three hitters in order. The White Sox won the game in the bottom of the inning when Lance Johnson singled in Frank Thomas.

Pall played in just two games for the 1997 Marlins, spending most of the year at AAA. He did not pitch in the postseason.

Donn Pall – career stats

1992 Fleer

Outgoing …

Eleven letters going in the mail today as we push on towards 600 responses. Mail headed to: Reggie Walton, Tim Tolman, Billy Smith, John Rabb, Bobby Mitchell, Mike Madden, Bobby Johnson, Mark Huismann, Alan Hargesheimer, Jeff Cox and Al Chambers. Also did two Randy Johnsons, but not the Big Unit. No, these guys played for the Braves and Twins in the early 1980’s.

Bob MacDonald

1982 Fleer

MacDonald pitched for six seasons in the majors, breaking in with the Toronto Blue Jays in 1990 and finishing with the New York Mets in 1996. In between, he pitched for the Detroit Tigers and New York Yankees. He also pitched one season in Japan for the Hanshin Tigers. In 197 games, MacDonald posted an 8-9 record with a 4.34 ERA and three saves. His best year was 1991 when he won three games and had a 2.85 ERA in 45 games for Toronto.

MacDonald made his major league debut on August 14, 1990, at Comiskey Park against the Chicago White Sox. He entered the game in the eighth inning in relief of Todd Stottlemyre. He retired Ozzie Guillen, then walked Phil Bradley, before getting Lance Johnson to hit into a double play. The Blue Jays won the game 12-4.

Nolan Ryan threw his seventh, and final, no-hitter on May 1, 1991, at Arlington Stadium against the Blue Jays. MacDonald took over for Toronto starter Jimmy Key in the seventh inning and gave up two hits, but also struck out two hitters. He did not allow a run. Ryan and the Texas Rangers won the game 3-0.

Bob MacDonald – career stats

1993 Donruss

Ed Putman

1980 Topps

Putman played in 43 games for the Chicago Cubs and Detroit Tigers between 1976-1979. In 71 at bats he hit .239 with two home runs. He played most of his games at catcher, but also appeared at first base and third base during his brief major league stint.

Putman’s professional career lasted from 1975-1981.

Ed Putman – career stats

Rod Gilbreath

1977 Topps

Gilbreath spent seven seasons playing in the Atlanta Braves infield. He came up in 1972 and by 1976 he was the team’s starting second baseman. He held the spot for two years, then shifted between second and third base in 1978, which would be his last year in the big leagues. He spent two seasons playing at AAA before retiring in 1980. In 500 games, Gilbreath hit .248 with 14 home runs.

Following his playing career, Gilbreath worked in various roles for the Braves organization, including scout, minor league manager and player development executive.

Rod Gilbreath – career stats

1979 Topps

Swings and misses

1987 Donruss

Benny Distefano played in 240 games for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Houston Astros between 1984-1992. In 360 at bats, he hit .228 with seven home runs. In between his stints in the majors, Distefano played in Venezuela and Japan. He is the last left-handed throwing catcher to appear in an MLB game, catching three times for the Pirates in 1989.

1988 Fleer

Twice a world champion, Mark Eichhorn pitched for 11 years in the majors. In 563 games, he posted a 48-43 record with a 3.00 ERA and 32 saves. Eichhorn pitched for the Toronto Blue Jays, Atlanta Braves, California Angels and Baltimore Orioles. He was a member of the Toronto teams that won the World Series in 1992 and 1993. He pitched in one game of each series. He led the American League in games pitched (89) in 1987. He won 14 games as a rookie in 1986, pitching exclusively out of the bullpen for Toronto. He finished third in the Rookie of the Year and sixth in the Cy Young vote that season.

1989 Donruss

A three-time all star, Terry Steinbach caught for 14 years in the major leagues. Steinbach played for the Oakland A’s from 1986-1996, then finished his career with the Minnesota Twins from 1997-1999. Steinbach hit .271 with 162 home runs in 1,546 career games. His best season came in 1996 when he hit .272 with 35 home runs, 100 RBIs and 79 runs scored. He was an all star in 1988, 1989 and 1993. Steinbach played in the 1988, 1989 and 1990 World Series with Oakland. The A’s beat the San Francisco Giants to win the 1989 championship. He hit .250 with a home run and seven RBIs in the series.