Baseball cards that make you go…”hmmmmm.”

monday50 Years Ago Yesterday . . .
Major League Baseball holds its first Free Agent Amateur Draft (now known as the First Year Player Draft). The very first overall #1 pick was Rick Monday from Arizona State University by the Kansas City Athletics.

We all know what happened with Rick. He became an All Star, (on 2 occasions) and a fan favorite with the Cubs and the Dodgers. With the latter team he achieved baseball  immortality by grabbing the American flag from two rabble-rousers trying to burn it in right field at Dodger Stadium. (I think our fore-fathers would have found the act amusing considering the modern day economic and civil rights breakdown of this once great country) and he is now an even-keeled announcer for the Dodgers when Ol’ Vinny needs a break between the 4th and 6th.

In my humble opinion he does a fairly good job–I find his voice soothing and boring enough with just a pith of telephone operator and 50’s television dad to fall asleep too on a hot Los Angeles day during an Indian summer. Complete with lemonade, a little bit of hooch, the lawnmowers blaring, the smell of grass and the parrots in my neighborhood playing screwball and scaring the crows, and it usually turns out to be a fine day for me. (the parrots are an anomaly of themselves; the locals tell me that a pet store burned down ten years ago and they’ve been here ever since.)

But, what ever happened to Tony Pierce?

Well, Tony used a baseball bat to fend off his daughter-in-law as she repeatedly stabbed him with a pair of scissors in his Columbus, Ohio home on Oct. 27th, 2010. Tony claimed she once called him “God” for two days and on one occasion crawled into bed with him.

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I dare you to find a baseball card where Tony doesn’t look completely DESTROYED mentally; all of his cards seem as if he sees his destiny, and wants this mortal coil to end.

Laura Pierce, 32, admitted stabbing her father-in-law in a detailed bizarre confrontation, saying she arrived at his home unannounced, left her purse by the door and put his 130-pound Rottweiler in the bathroom before assaulting him as he sat on his couch.

“I thought something was wrong with her,” he said. “It’s like a fairy tale. She’s jabbing at me, saying, ‘I have to die, you’ve got to die.’ I saw it in her eyes. She meant it, too.”

She stabbed him several times in the chest as they struggled. Eventually he was able to grab the scissors in one hand and her head in another. Scanning the room for some way to ward her off, he saw a baseball bat.

He’d decided by then that either he or his daughter-in-law had to die, he said. As he reached for the bat, she stabbed him in the back.

He hit her with half a swing of the bat.

“I was trying to hit her in the head,” he said. “I mean, this was for real. The whole thing is just hard to believe.”

She went out to his front yard, screaming that she was bipolar and schizophrenic. She was still there when police arrived.

Mr. Pierce died in 2013 at the age of 67.

6 Comments

That’s the oddest story I’ve read in a long while. Thanks for the post!

Isn’t it actually kind of easy to achieve baseball mortality?

haha! I get what you’re saying and I changed the over sight….which got me to thinking about baseball mortality, that is, people who have actually died at the stadium. I know of Ray Chapman, the only player killed on the field, and then there was that unfortunate accident with Josh Hamilton tossing a ball to a dad in the stands. I’ve also heard a few stories about people falling from upper decks.
Dave Winfield killed a seagull in Toronto during warm-ups and was actually arrested for the incident. And then there was the infamous Randy Johnson bird explosion.

I remember Winfield and the seagull. He couldn’t have done it on purpose if his life depended on it, but the Toronto authorities gave him a mighty hard time.

I’ve never actually seen anyone fall out of the upper deck, although I’m pretty sure I once heard of that happening at Candlestick Park. Amazing that it doesn’t happen more often, with so many people reaching way out for fly balls.

Are we sure she was Pierce’s daughter in law? Sounds more like a road trip groupie.

What a contrast. These two payers lives going the ways they did. This is a great post Gary in so many ways except for maybe old Expo fans who are reminded of what they call Blue Monday. It was the 9th inning of the 1981 NLCS when Monday hit a home run off Steve Rodgers in Montreal. Expos didn’t score in the bottom half and never made it back to the playoffs.

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