10.11.2014

Fernando Valenzuela, 1989 Upper Deck


Name: Fernando Valenzuela
Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
Position: Pitcher
Value of card: 6 pesos
Key 1988 stat: 2,197 instances of "Fernandomania" (in his own home)
"Fernandomania" spiced up L.A. in the mid-1980s; here are examples of "Fernandomania" in the late 1980s:
  • A chicken-legged pitcher performed a one-man line dance on a baseball field.
  • The one pair of blue cleats in Los Angeles sold out.
  • Nearly eight people in the United States and Mexico started wearing headbands and old-man glasses.
  • The Latino Elvis Impersonators gained a member — and two fans. 
  • A man in a blue jacket and tight white pants was arrested for leering at women at Dodger Stadium.

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