Wednesday, December 30, 2009
2008 Long Island Duck Dave LaPoint
Who is this? Dave LaPoint, a former pitcher with the Milwaukee Brewers, St. Louis Cardinals, San Francisco Giants, Detroit Tigers, San Diego Padres, Chicago White Sox, Pittsburgh Pirates, New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies
What is this? An autographed card from the 2008 Long Island Ducks set
Where'd I get it? I got it signed before a Newark Bears game last year.
How much did it cost? The team set was about $8
Why is this so special? Dave LaPoint won 80 games in his 12-year major league career. I remember him mainly as a late-season acquisition by the Pirates in 1989, and as a Yankee - I didn't really realize how many other teams he played for.
LaPoint has been a pitching coach or manager for the Long Island Ducks or the Bridgeport Bluefish ever year that I've followed the Atlantic League. He's usually pretty good about signing autographs, but there is one oddball card that he just doesn't want to sign. He said he's waiting for a rich collector to come along who needs it to complete the set.
LaPoint's got a pretty nice autograph for a lefty.