6.11.2009

Darren Lewis, 1991 Fleer

Name: Darren Lewis
Team: Oakland A's
Position: Outfield
Value of card: Whatever a fade cost in 1990
Key 1990 stat: 162 tubes of ChapStick used
The Talented Mr. Lewis: Darren Lewis made a name for himself as a speedster during his 13-year major league career. But what you may not know is that baseball was Mr. Lewis' fallback career. For six months in 1988, he was the fifth member of Boyz II Men. His dulcet tones wowed record executives and his fade put all others to shame. Well, almost. Lewis' path to musical stardom seemed paved with gold records — that is, until his secret came out. Darren suffers from a near-constant debilitating thirst, causing him to lick his lips incessantly. What at first appeared to be a nervious tic ended up ruining video shoots, cutting short concerts and creeping out women of all ages. The soulful R&B quintet was quickly reduced to a quartet.
Unfazed, Lewis got hired as a stunt double for Will Smith during the debut season of "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air." He and Smith became fast friends and were often spotted around Hollywood, usually on the playground, chilling out, maxing, relaxing all cool or shooting some b-ball outside of the school. But that gig also soured when the baby-faced Lewis got involved in a seedy love triangle with the lovely Karyn Parsons and the boyishly handsome Alfonso Ribeiro. Tempers flared, hearts were broken, high-tops were mocked. Lewis left L.A., returning to his first love, baseball. He still has the same haircut.
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