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A casket made out of toothpicks: RIP, UL Washington

Discussion in 'Sports and News' started by maumann, Mar 4, 2024.

  1. maumann

    maumann Well-Known Member

  2. BartonK

    BartonK Active Member

    His rookie card also featured Alan Trammell and Paul Molitor. Good company to be in.[​IMG]
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  3. Ookpik

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  4. The Big Ragu

    The Big Ragu Moderator Staff Member

    And Billy Martin favorite Mickey Klutts!
  5. da man

    da man Well-Known Member

    Apparently no relation to the great Clyde Kluttz, though I've read Clyde is the scout who signed Mickey to his first pro contract.

    Also, UL looks 40 years old as a rookie.
  6. YMCA B-Baller

    YMCA B-Baller Well-Known Member

    Better hitter than I remembered. Thought for sure when I looked him up on B-R that he'd have a negative WAR, like so many middle infielders of my youth, but he actually does just fine.

    There's so many middle infielders who were regulars back then that would never get a whiff of the bigs today. Even those renowned for their "glove work" wouldn't make the cut as there were no advanced range stats back then to show how truly effective they really were. Modern stats expose a lot of those dudes.
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  7. BYH 2: Electric Boogaloo

    BYH 2: Electric Boogaloo Well-Known Member

    He's as much a part of the '80s Royals to me as Brett, White & Wilson, but I forgot UL unfortunately missed out on the title...traded to the Expos in January '85. If you're a certain age, you think of him every time you reach for a toothpick. RIP.
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  8. justgladtobehere

    justgladtobehere Well-Known Member

    He came through the Baseball Academy.
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  9. Liut

    Liut Well-Known Member

    Still have this card. A lot of memories.
  10. micropolitan guy

    micropolitan guy Well-Known Member

    Supposedly Mickey Klutts spent more days on the DL than he had games played. Fortunately for him, I think time spent on the DL counts toward MLB service time for his pension.
  11. Twirling Time

    Twirling Time Well-Known Member

    Some of those all-glove, no-hit shortstops of the day evolved into decent hitters, like Ozzie Smith.
  12. DanOregon

    DanOregon Well-Known Member

    Two Hall of Famers, two Hall of Namers.
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