Mike Cubbage did his best to keep Jim Palmer out of Cooperstown.
Cubbage remembered in a fine letter:
“I saw Palmer well. Strange, because he was more of a high fastball pitcher and I was a low fastball hitter. Anyway, also saw his curveball and change-up well.
Thanks for asking,
Some fans remember Cubbage from his two-sport playing days at the University of Virginia. Nice photo of young “Cubbie!”
Am I the only fan on earth who thought it would’ve been great to have Mike Cubbage play for the Cubs? After all,. his name wasn’t Mike TWINage! Broadcasters would have feasted on that wordplay.
No, I didn’t ask the infielder that. Instead, I quizzed him on what might have been his finest moment at bat: April 27, 1978, devouring Toronto pitching before an appreciative Metropolitan Stadium gathering of 18,258. Four hits. One of everything. Cubbage hit for the cycle. (Thanks to http://www.retrosheet.org/ for preserving the moment.)
“The cycle had some luck. A double in first at-bat versus Jim Clancy of Toronto an d was thrown out at third base, trying to stretch it!! Homer in second at-bat and the last two hits versus Jerry Garvin (??) Infield single off his leg and the triple in the last at-bat, on a ball hit off the center field wall at the Met!!”
The humble hitter chose to ignore his four RBI, accounting for a 6-3 win.
Tomorrow: Cubbage recalls his mastery of Hall of Famer Jim Palmer.
Reveal your sources.
That’s one of the best, most impressive, gifts you can give a former player. Don’t just say, “I read about you.” If you quoted a fact from http://www.baseball-almanac.com/, such as a uniform number, say so. You don’t have to send a bibliography. Just show that you’ve gone the extra step.
I’d guess that some retirees, even those Internet users, might believe the only details about their career are limited to statistics or a wikipedia entry. I’m pleased every time an ex-player responds with a thank-you note and “I didn’t know that!”
A 79-year-old former Cub printed off a two-page feature about himself that he found on the ‘net. He included this with his page-long letter.
Some guys might not be signing for everyone. Compete. Stand out. Show each person you write to that you’ve done your homework.