Cubs Future Stars, 1980 Topps

Names: Dave Geisel, Steve Macko, Karl Pagel
Team: Chicago Cubs
Positions: Pitcher, second base, outfield, respectively
Value of card: One C-note (if "C" stands for "crap")
Key 1979 stat: One set of parents
Time for a strikingly similar version of The Matchup:
Round 1: Brown hair grown slightly over the ears (Three-way tie)
Round 2: Slightly pink, Caucasian complexion (Three-way tie)
Round 3: Square, bricklayer's chin (Three-way tie)
Round 4: Father named Durwood from Peoria, Ill. (Three-way tie)
Round 5: Mother named Nancy from Peoria, Ill. (Three-way tie)
Round 6: Birth date of Oct. 17, 1955 (Three-way tie)
Round 7: Fake mustache glued on to look different (Winner: Geisel)

Score: Geisel 1, Macko 0, Pagel 0, Ties 6

Synopsis: Despite changing their names in an effort to avoid the media attention that would be thrust upon major league triplets, it's obvious these three came from the same mother, within a few minutes of one another. Lucky for Geisel, he found a fake mustache on the dugout ground, allowing him to take the glory of a Matchup victory from his flesh and blood.


1 comment:

  1. Steve Macko actually had a bright future with the Cubs. He was hitting .300 in 1981 before getting hurt on a hard slide by Bill Madlock. While recovering from that, doctors discovered that he had testicular cancer. Sadly, the cancer spread and Macko was dead within 15 months. You can read more about his story here.