Friday, November 18, 2011

Topps Diamond Giveaway Haul: 1977

1977... at last we've arrive back to a year when I wasn't yet born. The highlight of this sports year had to be Marquette winning the NCAA Men's Basketball Tournament. The championship game victory over North Carolina proved to be coach Al Mcguire's last, and believe me when I say that he is still beloved 'round these parts, God bless his soul. Let's get to the cards.

1977
#240 Ron LeFlore
After another card that has not been shown, I'd have to say that this was the most trade requested non-Die-Cut card in my virtual collection. Maybe it's because of Ron's amazing life story. In a break from tradition, all of what you will read here is true. Ron was discovered playing ball in prison, where he was doing 5-15 for armed robbery. Billy Martin, then the Tigers manager, scouted LeFlore, offered him a tryout and then a contract, got Ron out on parole, then put him in the minors. LeFlore made the Tigers roster a few years later, but by that time Martin was gone. The most amazing part of this, however, is that LeFlore's story was documented in a made-for-TV-movie One in a Million: The Ron LeFlore Story in 1978. The actor playing LeFlore? LeVar Burton.

Let me break it down for you.
An actor we all know and love named LeVar... played a guy named LeFlore... as well as a Star Trek character named La Forge. That's spectacularly awesome!

#293 Jack Brohamer

That's just an awesome last name. I have a brother-in-law named Joe, and we sometimes call him Broseph, but Brohamer is almost as good. I think it might become my pen name for future novels.

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