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Saturday, February 22, 2014

MLB player from the STL Week #1

I will not “bore” you with only Yadi cards, not that a cardboard Yadi could bore anyone, so here is another weekly posting that I am beginning. This is a Major League baseball player from the STL or the STL metro area.

The vast majority of these players and their stats will come from Baseball Almanac and Baseball Reference’s websites. I can’t decide whether to go alphabetically or just random interesting folks. However, the one constant is they must have a card since this is a blog about baseball cards. What I think is interesting is this is an excellent opportunity to learn more about old timers and to find out whom is from the STL. Enjoy!

First up, is Joe Boever, you say Joe Boever who and why? Well he was drafted by the Cardinals, and then went to the Braves, he also threw for the Phillies, Astros, A’s, Tigers, and then finished with the Pirates. But most importantly we went to the same high school in STL County, Lindbergh (go flyers). He was already with the Cards in 1985 when I graduated from Lindbergh the same year.

Joe went to UNLV after graduating from high school. From UNLV the Cardinals signed him and in 1982 he was with the Erie A level farm team of the NY-Penn League where he appeared in 19 games and went 2 and 3 with an ERA OF 1.93 and 9 saves.

In 1983 he was with the St. Petersburg Cardinals and appeared in 53 games with a record of 5 wins and 6 losses, an ERA of 3.02, and 26 saves.

In 1985 he made it up to the Majors with the Cards and appeared in 13 games, with a record of 0 and 0, an ERA of 4.41, and 0 saves. The next year he appeared in 11 games for the Cardinals with a 0 and 1 record, a 1.16 ERA, and 0 saves. This was his last year with the Cards. He would spend the next three seasons with Braves. His best season was with the Tigers in 1994. He was 9 and 2 with an ERA of 3.98 and 3 saves. He would end his career with the Pirates where he was 0 and 2 with a 5.40 ERA and 2 saves. His career of 12 years produced a record of 34 and 45, ERA of 3.93, and 49 saves.

He does have a 1983 St. Pete card but I don’t have an image or the card. Actually I may have the card but I still haven’t gone through the roughly 3,000 cards I brought back to Cali from my parents.

So the baseball card I choose here is from his best season, which was 1994 with the Tigers. Here is his 1994 Topps Stadium Club # 458 in his Tigers’ uni, which shows him playing catch, or perhaps blocking the sun?

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