Saturday, August 2, 2008

Joel Youngblood: Traded Legend

With all the flurry of news and deals surrounding this year's non-waiver trade deadline, I started reminiscing about this card and this guy in general. Could a player play two games in the same day for different teams these days? It doesn't seem like it. It seems like the league approval process takes awhile now, and often players that get traded don't even seem to show up in the lineup the day following when they are traded. Youngblood was traded nearly 16 years ago to the day, but since it was on August 4th I wonder if the trade was a waiver trade deadline deal. If trades worked the same way back then as the do now, I guess that is how it happened. For some reason this card stuck with me, however. and only after consulting Baseball Reference tonight did I realize that Youngblood was briefly a Cardinal at one point. Unfortunately, there doesn't appear to be any cards capturing him with the Birds on the Bat.

Youngblood was the beneficiary of some "Record Breaker" cards thanks to his feat of recording base hits for multiple teams in the same game. Until today I had never seen his '83 Topps Sticker montage, which shows a full picture of him with the Expos and an inset picture of his previous life as a Met. (This image comes courtesy of, and fully stolen from

Youngblood signed in the offseason with the Giants following the 1982 season. In conclusion, I think he just hated team collectors.

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