Thursday, August 22, 2013

Red Sox With No Cards Pt. 10: Curtis Pride

In this series I take a look at players who played for the Boston Red Sox but, for some reason, never had a card produced of them with the team.
Curtis Pride was one of the more interesting stories in baseball in the mid 1990's.  Pride was deaf.  For a deaf player to make the Majors must have been a very difficult process.  Pride made his Major League debut for the Expos in 1993 and actually developed into a valuable bench player for the Tigers in 1996.  

Pride was acquired by the Red Sox in 1997 as a free agent in August.  He appeared in two games and had two at-bats.  In one of them, as shown in the above video, he blasted a home run to center field.  After the season he moved on to the Braves.  

Pride returned to Boston in 2000 and made it into nine games this time.  He had five hits in 21 plate appearances hitting .250/.286/.300 and scored four runs.  He then bounced around some more, last appearing for the Angels in 2006.

I understand that 23 plate appearances likely will not result in getting a card made, but Pride was such an intriguing individual that it is kind of sad that he is not represented in my Red Sox collection.

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