Saturday, January 22, 2011
1992 Score No-Hit Club Dennis Martinez
Who is this? former Montreal Expos pitcher Dennis Martinez
What is this? An autographed card from the 1992 Score set
Where'd I get it? I purchased it from a Sportsgraphing.com forum member late last year.
How much did it cost? around $3
Why is this so special? "El Presidente" was the first player from Nicaragua to reach the major leagues. During his 23-year career, Martinez won 245 games - with more than 100 victories in each league. He struck out over 2,000 batters and he was a 4-time All-Star. This card commemorates Martinez's perfect game against the Dodgers in 1991 -- one of 7 no-hitters thrown in major league baseball that year.
Martinez has worked as a spring training instructor for the Baltimore Orioles and a minor league coach in the Cardinals organization since retiring. He has an interesting autograph - I've never seen another person write the letter "M" like that.