Saturday, May 9, 2009

1989 Topps Major League Debut #79: Chuck McElroy

Chuck McElroy

PHOTO: Anybody familiar with McElroy will immediately know what's notable about this photo...McElroy's not wearing his glasses! I can't recall ever seeing him without glasses on, although a quick web search shows at least one other baseball card where he's not wearing them.

STAT: Six guys hit a pair of homers off McElroy but one of them is not like the others. One of them just doesn't belong. That would be Marty Cardova, who is not quite in the class of McGriff, Griffey, Justice, Sosa, and Bonds.

ANAGRAM: Chuck McElroy = My couch clerk

CAREER: 5/10

McElroy was a fine reliever for numerous seasons and was traded so many times! He was traded 7 times in all and was also drafted by the Diamondbacks as an expansion selection. Here's McElroy career transactional ledger:

June 2, 1986: Drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 8th round of the 1986 amateur draft. Player signed June 4, 1986.

April 7, 1991: Traded by the Philadelphia Phillies with Bob Scanlan to the Chicago Cubs for Mitch Williams.

December 10, 1993: Traded by the Chicago Cubs to the Cincinnati Reds for Mike Anderson, Darron Cox and Larry Luebbers.

May 27, 1996: Traded by the Cincinnati Reds to the California Angels for Lee Smith.

May 18, 1997: Traded by the Anaheim Angels with Jorge Fabregas to the Chicago White Sox for Chad Kreuter and Tony Phillips.

November 18, 1997: Drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks from the Chicago White Sox as the 67th pick in the 1997 expansion draft.

November 18, 1997: Traded by the Arizona Diamondbacks to the Colorado Rockies for Harvey Pulliam.

July 31, 1999: Traded by the Colorado Rockies with Darryl Hamilton to the New York Mets for Thomas Johnson (minors), Rigo Beltran and Brian McRae.

December 10, 1999: Traded by the New York Mets to the Baltimore Orioles for Jesse Orosco.

July 19, 2001: Released by the Baltimore Orioles.

July 23, 2001: Signed as a Free Agent with the San Diego Padres.

November 5, 2001: Granted Free Agency.


  1. Whoa! No glasses! I never knew he had such a long career let alone that he was traded straight up for Lee Smith. Awesome post.

  2. 'My Couch Clerk' wasn't that one of those experimental 90's sitcoms?