Showing posts with label Mike Bielecki. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Mike Bielecki. Show all posts

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Mike Bielecki Has An Emotional Recall Of First Seeing His Rookie Baseball Card

Rookie cards in baseball cement a snapshot of hope, potential, and excitement in a player's career. Fans can clearly remember the hype surrounding a player's debut, as well as, where and how they acquired that special card. Looking back at the fresh faces drums up memories of an innocent time when they all had the opportunity to become impact major leaguers.

1985 Donruss Mike Bielecki

Players also have sharp recollections of first looking at their initial, and sometimes only, appearance on a baseball card. These cardboard treasures signaled they made it, officially immortalized on cardboard as a professional ballplayer. Handing a player their rookie card to sign often presents a memorable exchange about their memories of when they were first asked to sign it.

Mike Bielecki, 14-year major league veteran, was named Baseball America's Minor League Player of the Year in 1984 after going 19-3 for the Hawaii Islanders of the Pacific Coast League. He was a September call-up, pitching 4.1 scoreless innings of relief, long enough to earn him a spot as a “Rated Rookie” in Donruss' 1985 set.

When given his 1985 Donruss issue at a charity event last week, Bielecki starkly recalled being unaware the card was out when he was first asked to sign it.

“I was at a ceremony in the winter [of 1984] being honored as the Minor League Player of the Year, and some little kid hands me the card to sign at the end of the evening,” Bielecki said. “I go, 'What is this?', I didn't even know the card was out. I offered the kid money for the card, but he wouldn't take it; he wanted the signature.”