This 1980 Topps Cardinals Future Stars card has three pretty good baseball players. There is a recently elected Cardinals Hall of Famer and a long time Major League reliever. The majority of readers can look at this card, and probably pick out those two players with little trouble. However, the third player on the card was a success in his own right, even if he did not have a long career in the Majors.
This post is half baseball card, half where are they now.
Here is the card.
Tom (Tommy) Herr is the obvious star of this card as a Cardinals fan. He played on a World Series winning team with the Cardinals in 1982, and a National League Champion with the Cardinals in 1985. Herr never won any important awards, although he did make the National League All-Star team in 1985. He was always a steady player on the WhiteyBall Era Cardinals teams. This past summer, the Cardinals fans and some sort of panel (I don't know the exact formula breakdown) elected Tommy Herr to be in the team's Hall of Fame.
While a walk-off grand slam on seat cushion night was a cool moment for the 1980s Cardinals, I am not sure it's a good argument to be in the Cardinals Hall of Fame.
George Frazier had a much bigger impact on baseball than I remembered. I don't want to spend too much time here, but he played for 10 years in the Majors as a relief pitcher. I remember him on the 1980s Yankees and Cubs as sort of a middle innings guy. However, I didn't realize he won a World Series ring against the Cardinals as a member of the Twins in 1987.
Frazier pitched two scoreless innings against the Cardinals in that World Series. He also had a 1.17 career ERA against the Cardinals. Pretty solid. Frazier went on to work as a Rockies broadcaster for 20 years.
Which brings me to the last player on the card. Dave O'Brien did not have much of a Major League career, but he still has a pretty cool story, and he had a big impact on amateur baseball. As a player at Florida State, he was one of the star players that led the Seminoles to the 1975 College World Series.
I always like players who were college greats, but maybe not great pros.