Saturday, June 6, 2020

Set Pickup - Dan Quisenberry Auto

I had been looking for a Dan Quisenberry signed 1987 Topps for a long time, and finally found one for a reasonable price on Ebay.  His Sharpie wasn't too great on this card, but it is signed, and it crosses a tough one off of my list.

Quisenberry (b. 1953 - d. 1998) played in the majors from 1979 to 1990 for the Royals, Cardinals and Giants.  He had a career record of 56-46 with 379 strike outs, 244 saves and a 2.76 ERA.  He led the league in saves 5 times (1980 and 1982 to 1985).  He finished second in the AL Cy Young race twice (1983 and 1984) and third twice (1982 and 1985).  He finished third in the AL MVP race in 1984.  He won the World Series in 1985 with the Royals.

Quisenberry was a three-time All Star (1982, 1983 and 1984) and 5-time Rolaids Relief Award winner (1980 and 1982 through 1985).

He only appeared on one BBWAA Hall of Fame ballot, 1996, where he received only 3.8% of the vote.  I wonder if the writers knew then what they know now, would Quisenberry have gotten a better shake in the voting.

Quisenberry was diagnosed with a highly malignant brain tumor in January 1998 and passed away in September 1998 at the age of 45.


osupremegrandmotherone said...

Can they go back and put him on the ballot again?

Fuji said...

Loved watching his delivery. Hopefully he'll be on the Modern Era Committee's list of candidates in 2023.