I met a co-worker for lunch yesterday and decided to bring along some wax for kicks. I know he has a few cards, not a collector like myself, but a sports fan in general and I thought he would enjoy busting some packs.
There we were two grown men at lunch with pack wrappers in front of us on the table thumbing though the cards we pulled. We were calling out hall of famers and just anyone that brought back a memory or two when he pulled this card…
1992 Fleer – #515 – Mackey Sasser
Sure, you might have never heard of him, but he was smiling and I could tell he was itching to tell me a Mackey Sasser story. I was all ears…
It seems that Mackey Sasser after a collision at the plate with an opposing player developed some type of psychological problem with throwing the ball back to the pitcher in 1990. He would hesitate or double pump the ball and sometimes had to get up and nearly walk the ball back to the mound, this as you can imagine became an issue for his career. To note, he isn’t the only guy that has had some trouble between the ears when it comes to throwing the baseball – you guys remember Steve Sax, Chuck Knoblauch, Steve Blass and even a pitcher turned outfielder Rick Ankiel – yep all of those guys had some issues at one time in their careers with throwing the baseball.
I am happy to see that Mackey bounced back from this issue after his career was over and was/is a coach at a community college, to note after some therapy he can successfully toss some batting practice to the kids with some type of consistency.
Believe I have a plan for this card, I hope to get a few more of my Mackey Sasser cards together and attempt to have him sign them via a TTM autograph attempt. I will certainly report back.