Wednesday, September 29, 2010
1994 Pinnacle Doug Henry
Who is this? Omaha Royals pitching coach Doug Henry
What is this? An autographed card from the 1994 Pinnacle set
Where'd I get it? Back during spring training 2008, I wrote to Henry and asked him to sign this card. It took over two years, but I finally got it back earlier this month.
How much did it cost? The card came from a junk wax box I got for $8-$10.
Why is this so special? Check out the retro uniform, the great smile and the mustache. For a portrait shot baseball card, you can't ask for much more.
Henry spent 11 seasons in the majors, with the Milwaukee Brewers, New York Mets, San Francisco Giants, Houston Astros and Kansas City Royals. Though he was a middle reliever for most of his career, Henry came up as a closer with the Milwaukee Brewers. He saved 15 games in his rookie year and finished 8th in the 1991 AL Rookie of the Year voting even though he didn't come up to the big leagues until after the All-Star Break.
Henry's autograph simplifies a lot of the letters in his name, but you'd probably be able puzzle it out on a team-signed baseball or other generic item if you had some clues.