Saturday, May 19, 2012

Mike Marshall

Sent: 5/1/12
Received: 5/18/12
Time: 17 Days
Address: c/o San Rafael Pacifics
Item Sent: 1982 Donruss, 1982 Topps, 1985 Fleer
Item Received: 1982 Donruss, 1982 Topps, 1985 Fleer.  All signed in black gel pen.

While the Dodgers were winning the 1981 World Series, their most-prized prospect was tearing up AAA pitching.  Mike Marshall had a historic year for Albuquerque that season, hitting .373 with 34 home runs, 137 RBI, and 21 stolen bases.  Without a job opening on the defending champs, he started 1982 in the minors and proceeded to hit .388 over 66 games.  He was soon in the big leagues for good.  The hulking right fielder showed flashes of superstar ability both on and off the field (he was an item with Belinda Carlisle), but he was never able to fully harness his raw power at the plate.  He only hit the 20 home run plateau three times in his 11 year career, peaking with 28.

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