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When I was a kid, I had a Wilson glove "Endorsed by George Brett." This was the guy who batted .390 in 1980, jacked long home runs, and made diving plays at third. George Brett was cool.

On the other hand, as a Red Sox fan, I was not a fan of Billy Martin… the on-again, off-again, dirt-kicking manager of George Steinbrenner's Yankees. Billy Martin was not cool.

So, in the summer of 1983, when George Brett came charging out of the dugout -- after Billy Martin had prevailed on the umpires to nullify Brett's ninth-inning go-ahead homerun against Goose Gossage because Brett had too much pine tar on his bat – my twelve-year-old self shared Brett's outrage.

I don't really need to set the scene for you, since MLB.com has a good three-minute video on the incident: http://m.mlb.com/video/v3977861/bb-m...s-pine-tar-bat

But I've long wondered whether there are any baseball cards out there that feature one of the iconic images of Brett absolutely losing his mind. If you know of one, please let me know. I would like to track it down.
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  1. Yankeeswin's Avatar
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/1999-Barry-H...item54057d2274

    That's probably as close as you can get.
  2. BoSoxProspector's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Yankeeswin
    http://www.ebay.com/itm/1999-Barry-H...item54057d2274

    That's probably as close as you can get.
    Thanks! I'd never heard of that 1999 Sotheby's set. Looking at the 15-card checklist now, those look like some pretty neat cards. I'd be tempted to try to collect the set, but I'm not sure I'm ready to have that Mookie Wilson/Bill Buckner card in my collection...
  3. Jaybo374's Avatar
    I remember that event very clearly. As a goofy 11 year old my friends and I reenacted this continually throughout that summer. If we were playing wiffleball or playing baseball in our caul de sac with a tennis ball and someone hit a home run, the opposing pitcher would grab the bat, "measure" the pine tar and claim that the batter was out. The batter would start a tirade ala George Brett and everyone would rush to the argument. After a few minutes, we'd laugh it off and continue playing.

    Thanks for summoning up these fond memories.
  4. BoSoxProspector's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by Jaybo374
    I remember that event very clearly. As a goofy 11 year old my friends and I reenacted this continually throughout that summer. If we were playing wiffleball or playing baseball in our caul de sac with a tennis ball and someone hit a home run, the opposing pitcher would grab the bat, "measure" the pine tar and claim that the batter was out. The batter would start a tirade ala George Brett and everyone would rush to the argument. After a few minutes, we'd laugh it off and continue playing.

    Thanks for summoning up these fond memories.
    Ah, Wiffleball... those were the days. (Hopefully soon, I'll be playing it with my boys!) Anyway, I remember that I was at baseball camp when the Pine Tar game happened -- the now defunct Ted Williams baseball camp in Lakewood, MA. Good times.