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Sunday, August 25, 2019
2019 National Free Signer - Bob Hamelin
This 1994 Bowman turned out really well. I didn't have many 94 Bowmans left in my collection, as a ton of them were ruined because they all had stuck together over the years. Still, this one survived, and looks great signed.
Hamelin (b. 1967) is from Elizabeth, NJ, which I did not know until just now, or I would have asked him about it. That is where my dad's side of the family comes from. He played in the majors from 1993 to 1998 for the Royals, Tigers and Brewers. He had 313 hits, 67 home runs and a .246 batting average.
He was the 1994 AL Rookie of the Year in a field that included Manny Ramirez and Jim Edmonds. This was the strike-shortened season, and stats were curtailed, but Hamelin's 24 homers and .282 average beat out those other two future stars.