hey - we are another week closer to spring training, and that means it's time for the next installment of steve garvey's baseball tips, as brought to you by post raisin bran back in 1979. or is it the other way around? either way, let's learn about sliding.pedro guerrero had followed garvey's sound advice...
when it comes to sliding, there are lots of good examples on baseball cards. one of my favorites is the 1977 topps 'turn back the clock' card featuring maury wills
there's no mistaking who's at third base on stan javier's 1992 topps card
that's former dodger mariano duncan. there's a lot going on on that card - two umpires, including the first base umpire who is doing some lunges, and it looks like eddie murray is checking things out down the right field line as javier is kicking up some dust.
it doesn't have as much going on as chris gwynn's 1992 upper deck card, though
i first wrote about this card and identified the game the photo came from a while back. it's one of my favorites, even if gwynn isn't sliding too gracefully. it's actually a double play turn at third base, which doesn't get much airtime.
another thing those last two cards have in common, besides sliding dodgers, is that i have had both of them signed through the mail - here's the gwynn
and here's the javier
javier also signed a 1992 fleer ultra card
as well as his 1989 upper deck card