Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Randy St. Claire Autographed Card

With the Montréal Canadiens in full turmoil and rumours swirling concerning Jonathan Drouin and other players, mixed with the fact that we're in the thick of winter, I decided to set my focus on baseball today, most notably my Expos Numbers Project, with this entry for #51, Randy St. Claire:
It's card #463 from Leaf's 1986 Donruss set, which he signed in blue sharpie around the end of the Montréal Expos' tenure in Canada's Sin City, when he was the team's pitching instructor. The son of major league catcher Ebba St. Claire, Randy was never drafted but signed as a free agent with the Expos in 1978, playing parts of five seasons with the club before moving on to the Cincinnati Reds, Minnesota Twins, Atlanta Braves and Toronto Blue Jays, for a season each, except for a two-year stint in Atlanta.

His win-loss record with the Expos was 10-6, and he finished 12-6 for his career; he was exclusively a relief pitcher, having never started an MLB game.

As a kid, I was a bit young to have purchased packs of this set, so I likely came across this card in 1990 or 1991, buying common singles at a card store at 5 cents apiece and looking for all Expos, "promising" prospects not named Todd Van Poppel, and players whose names I recognized from being regulars. As a player, I mostly remember him with the Braves.

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