30 April 2010

final tribute fail

hall of famer eddie murray stepped to the plate for the last time on september 20, 1991 in southern california.  his hall of fame career, and the game, ended with a gidp.  the following year, upper deck recognized the end of steady eddie's 21-year career with a foil final tribute logo on his 1998 card.
the only problem is, his final at bat came at dodger stadium, as he ended his career with the dodgers, not the angels.  that's because the disney folks released him in mid august, and the fox corps brought him home a week later.  he appeared in 9 games for the dodgers in his second go around with the team, all as a pinch hitter, and picked up 2 hits and 3 rbi.

i suppose credit is due upper deck for not just recycling a photo of murray from 1990, which they may well have done on his 1998 ud collector's choice card
but still.  a final tribute deserves proper treatment, and for eddie murray, that meant showing him as he truly went out - as a dodger.


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