JoeSportsFan's Recommended Reads: Cardboard Gods Winners

JoeSportsFanSenior Analyst IMay 20, 2010

NEW YORK - SEPTEMBER 21: A man sells vintage baseball cards prior to the start of the last game at Yankee Stadium between the Baltimore Orioles and the New York Yankees on September 21, 2008 at Yankee Stadium in the Bronx borough of New York City. Yankee Stadium held it's inaugural game on April 18, 1923 against the Boston Red Sox and tonight's match will be the final game to be played at the historic stadium. During it's 85 years as ''The Home of Champions,'' the stadium has also been known as ''The House that Ruth Built'' and ''The Cathedral.'' The stadium has been host to 33 World Series, three Papal visits and has been visited by legends such as Babe Ruth, Joe DiMaggio, Yogi Bera, Mickey Mantle and boxing great Muhummad Ali. In 2009 the Yankees will move across the street to a newly constructed stadium estimated to cost $1.3 billion. (Photo by Chris McGrath/Getty Images)
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Last week, we posted a challenge to readers to see who could come up with the best “untrue fun fact,” for this vintage Doug Jones card.


After a robust response from our dependable audience, our panel voted and determined the top two submissions, both of which will not only get the satisfaction of knowing their entry is worthy of the Worthless Card Collection, but will also get a copy of Cardboard Gods , a book by Josh Wilker that tells tales of the author’s childhood during the heyday of card collecting in the '70s and '80s.

Without further adieu, a sampling of some of our favorite untrue fun facts for the 1991 Topps Doug Jones that just missed the cut and our top two.

“Doug Jones slyly indicates to the shortstop how many occasions he’s had ‘happy time’ in the Indians' changing room” – Chris L.

“Doug Jones had his routine down pat, five shots of Beam after every inning.  However, after beaning three consecutive Red Sox batters, Doug lowered his request to only four in order to “focus on his accuracy." – Ryan B.

“Nothing angered Indians catchers more than when Doug Jones flashed the sign back to them.” – Ben Z.

“As Doug took the mound at Municipal Stadium that afternoon, he couldn’t help but to be impressed at the high quality manicure his 10-year-old daughter had given him with that simple little “My First Manicure” set. – Tony P.


When asked how old he was when he grew his 1st mustache…Todd Jones just held up 4 fingers and said “This many. ” – Vince B.



“After a slow start, Doug Jones’ career really took off after finally realizing it is the catcher who is supposed to be signaling which pitch to throw.” – Brian D.


If we had stacks of books, we wouldn’t hesitate to send them out to all of our readers who submitted their own entries. 

We always appreciate the interaction with supporters of the site. 

Keep your eyes out for another Recommended Reads giveaway in the next week or so.

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