6.14.2010

Craig McMurtry, 1986 Topps

Name: Craig McMurtry
Team: Atlanta Braves
Position: Pitcher
Value of card: One stick
Key 1985 stat: Zero times blown over
Weight training in Atlanta: At 6-foot-6, 138 pounds, Craig McMurtry was not exactly the most intimidating presence on the mound. Sure, he won 15 games his rookie season, but he also was charged with 7 balks, each coming when he'd get knocked over by a strong gust of wind. The Braves attempted to get McMurtry to eat more, lift weights and put rolls of quarters in his pockets. Nothing really worked — that is, until the team optometrist realized the righty needed glasses. He was fitted with 22-pound lenses and steel frames large enough to hold hamster wheels. McMurtry also took some initiative, adding a bushy handlebar mustache and seven inches of teeth. And while he was never relevant in baseball again, at least he looked good in the bullpen.

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