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Thursday, February 15, 2018
TTM Success - Frank Viola
One of the cards I got back was this nice 1983 Topps rookie card. I had forgotten that I had his rookie in my 83 box, but found it and sent it along.
Since he is pictured on the 1987 Twins Leaders card, I was able to knock that one out as well.
Viola (b. 1960) played in the majors from 1982 to 1996 for the Twins, Mets, Red Sox, Reds and Blue Jays. He had a career record of 176-150 with 1,844 strike outs and an ERA of 3.73. He was the 1988 AL Cy Young Award winner when he went 24-7 with a 2.64 ERA and had 193 strike outs. He finished 10th in the AL MVP voting that season. He also won 20 games for the Mets in 1990 when he went 20-12 and finished 3rd in the NL Cy Young voting. He was an All Star three times (1988, 1990 and 1991) and won the World Series with the Twins in 1987. He was the World Series MVP that year when he went 2-1 with a 3.72 ERA and had 16 strike outs.
He appeared on the 2002 Hall of Fame ballot, but only received 0.4% of the vote.
I mailed to Viola on January 22 and got the cards back on January 31, for a 9-day TAT. I paid his fee of $5/card.