Thursday, March 24, 2016

FANTASY COACH CARD: 1978 VADA PINSON

Here’s a 1978 Topps coach card I created for a player who I feel put together a Hall of Fame worthy career, Vada Pinson:


After his awesome career ended a couple of years earlier, Pinson was one of the first coaches for the expansion Seattle Mariners beginning in 1977.
If you look at the Mariners 1977 team card you see him listed as such on the front with other coaches and the first manager in organization history Darrell Johnson.
He would remain a coach in the Majors until the 1994 season before sadly suffering a stroke and passing away at the young age of 57.
For those that are not too familiar with Pinson’s career, take a gander at what he did on the field, INCREDIBLY underrated!
The man had both speed and power, consistently produced over a long career, and was highly respected by so many of his peers.
Put him in the Hall already!

4 comments:

  1. A lot of people, including me, thought he was Hispanic. His son has a page on Facebook dedicated to him. It is worth a look...

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  2. I agree! Vada Pinson belongs in Cooperstown. I remember studying his 1976 Topps card as a kid and always wondered why he didn't garner more recognition.

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  3. Honestly, the HOF had become so political and politically correct that I don't know who belongs in the Hall of Fame anymore, or even if there is a Hall of Fame anymore (it's a nice museum, though). Vada Pinson was a hell of a ball player, though, and one of my favorites.

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    1. I agree. Sometimes you come across a guy like Pinson, Steve Garvey, Dave Parker, etc and wonder "If HE isn't in, what exactly is the criteria?!".
      Just baffling, especially the Veteran's Committee picks over the years.

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