Saturday, November 26, 2011

Collection: Wilton Guerrero 1997 Bowmans Best Auto

Wilton Guerrero is the eldest brother of slugger Vladamir, but considering his tiny frame was not anywhere near the same kind of hitter. Sure, he showed small glimpses of being able to handle the bat competently, but defense was really his forte. Unfortunately, his career was uneventful save one incident that wikipedia provides an account for:
Guerrero was 21 years old when he made his major league debut September 3, 1996, with the Los Angeles Dodgers. On June 1, 1997, the Dodgers rookie led off against the Cardinals in St. Louis by grounding out. His broken bat shattered, and when he scrambled to pick up the pieces instead of running it out, the umpires became suspicious. The bat had been corked. Guerrero was ejected, suspended for eight games, and fined $1,000.
I had forgotten all about this.

Here I show my 1997 Bowmans Best certified autographed card from my collection.

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