Collection Highlight: 1984 Donruss Eric Show

1984 Donruss #406 Eric ShowI decided to go old school and showcase a card from the 1984 Donruss set – Card# 406, featuring former Padres picher Eric Show.  He spent ten seasons with the Padres and his final year with the Oakland A’s.  He is still the Padres’ career leader in Wins (100) and ranks 4th in franchise history in Strikeouts (951).  He is also tied with Steve Arlin for the 2nd most Shutouts in team history, with 11.

Show is most well known as the guy who gave up Pete Rose’s 4.192 hit.  He was also a pretty controversial figure in his day.  After giving up the record breaking hit to Pete Rose, Show sat on the mound and crossed his arms while the Reds celebrated the accomplishment.  In 1987, he was involved in a beanball incident with Chicago Cubs outfielder Andre Dawson.  Show passed away in 1994, two years after he left the game of baseball.  The San Diego Union Tribune has a very interesting article detailing the professional and personal life of Eric Show.

I ranked Show as my second favorite Padres pitcher of the 80′s (after Goose Gossage).  As a kid, I remember feeling bad for him when he gave up that hit to Pete Rose.  While I was excited for the record, I was hoping Pete would go hitless against the Padres.  Amazing to think 23 years have passed since then.

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