rick monday played in just 31 games for the dodgers in 1984, prior to his mid-june release. as a result, he was not featured in any of the 1985 baseball card issues. i figured that the hero of the 1981 nlds deserved a final tribute, so here it is - the 1985 topps card that should have been:the first ever pick in the amatuer draft hit just .191 in those 31 games, appearing primarily as a pinch hitter. his final home run came on may 5 against cecilio guante of the pirates. it was a 3-run, pinch hit homer which temporarily gave the dodgers the lead in a game they would eventually lose in extra innings. sadly, his last 6 at bats ended in strikeouts.
monday finished his career with 1619 hits, 241 home runs, and an ops of .804. i will always remember jumping around the elementary school playground after hearing the call of his aforementioned playoff home run against the expos.
here's to you, mo!
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