Saturday, May 22, 2010

Tom Klawitter

Sent: 5/13/10
Received: 5/22/10
Time: 9 Days
Address: Home
Item Sent: 1985 Twins Team Issue
Item Received: 1985 Twins Team Issue, signed in black Sharpie.

After a .500 finish in 1984, there were some lofty expectations for the 1985 Twins.  Their pitching staff broke camp with several hyped rookies, including Curt Wardle (who was later one of the centerpieces of the Bert Blyleven deal with the Indians), Richard "Not Ready" Yett, and Tommy "The Klaw" Klawitter.  Klawitter wasn't quite as much of a prospect as the other two, but he did have the coolest name of the bunch, so my seven year old self was pretty excited about him coming out of spring training.  He didn't last long, and never had a major issue card.  Still, it's pretty cool to have an autographed card from him 25 years after the fact.  (God, I feel old!)

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