5.26.2010

R.J. Reynolds, 1989 Topps

Name: R.J. Reynolds
Team: Pittsburgh Pirates
Position: Outfield
Value of card: One tumor
Key 1988 stat: 17 congressional hearings
Fun facts about R.J. Reynolds, the baseball player, and R.J. Reynolds, the tobacco company:
  • Baseball's R.J. Reynolds signs autographs for children. Tobacco's R.J. Reynolds signs out-of-court settlements for selling cigarettes to children.
  • Baseball's R.J. Reynolds has a neatly trimmed beard. Tobacco's R.J. Reynolds has acres upon acres of neatly trimmed, delicious poison.
  • Baseball's R.J. Reynolds wears No. 23 to honor his late father. Tobacco's R.J. Reynolds may or may not have led to baseball's R.J. Reynolds' father's death from lung cancer.
  • Baseball's R.J. Reynolds hit safely in 12 games in a row in 1988. Tobacco's R.J. Reynolds sent a thank-you card to Malcolm "Tubby" Taylor, who chain-smoked 574 cigarettes in a row in 1988.
  • Baseball's R.J. Reynolds zips up his Starter windbreaker to look cool. Tobacco's R.J. Reynolds has been making high school kids look cool behind the bleachers for decades.
  • Baseball's R.J. Reynolds runs the bases in a silky-smooth fashion. Tobacco's R.J. Reynolds makes silky-smooth menthols that cause smokers who run the bases to cough up a gall bladder.

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