Wednesday, November 14, 2012
1985 Orioles Debuts, #397-408
Compared to the few following seasons that I recently profiled, the Orioles debuts during the 1985 season saw a few bigger names and/or players that actually stuck around Baltimore for at least a few seasons. The highlights were probably Fred Lynn, and Alan Wiggins, but a few of these other guys had some decent success in Baltimore as well.
Here's my older posts in the series...
(2001, 2000, 1999, 1998, 1996, 1995, 1994, 1993, 1992, 1991, 1990, 1989, 1988, 1987, 1986)
Fred Lynn #397, 4/8/85 (1985-88)
Don Aase #398, 4/8/85 (1985-88)
Fritz Connally #399, 4/10/85 (1985)
Lee Lacy #400, 5/13/85 (1985-87)
Al Pardo #401, 7/3/85 MLB Debut (1985-86)
Alan Wiggins #402, 7/5/85 (1985-87)
Phil Huffman #403, 7/13/85 (1985)
Brad Havens #404, 9/8/85 (1985-86)
Brad pitched eight seasons in the Majors between 1981-89 for five different teams and never was able to find much prolonged success at the MLB level. He was the Opening Day starter for the 1983 Twins and he was once involved in a trade for Rod Carew.
He also has a long-standing tradition of not signing TTM requests, dating back at least a decade, so I'm very happy to have his autograph in my collection.
Tom O'Malley #405, 9/8/85 (1985-86)
Tom's career was similar to that of Brad's in a few ways. He played nine seasons in the big leagues for six different teams, also including two with the O's, but never was able to get in a groove and spent much of his MLB in a back-up role. Their paths split when Tom went on to play six seasons in the Japan's Nippon Professional Baseball league following his time in the Majors. He found consistent success in Japan and was one of the league's better players during much of his time there, even winning the Central League MVP award in 1995. He hit over .300 over every season that he played in Japan.
Kelly Paris #406, 9/18/85 (1985-86)
Eric Bell #407, 9/24/85 MLB Debut (1985-87)
John Habyan #408, 9/29/85 MLB Debut (1985-88)