1989/90 Topps SPBA (Senior League) Set, Part 5: Suns And Super Sox

This post will wrap up the highlights of the Senior League box set I got for $1.

Apparently the SPBA couldn’t get enough of “Suns” and “Sox”, because three of the eight teams had at least one of those words in the name… You had the Suns, the Sun Sox and the Super Sox.  They wanted to make damn sure that you knew that it was baseball being played in Florida.

Anyhoo, let’s start off with the…

Gold Coast Suns

George Hendrick batted .291 with the Suns, and if you see him coaching 1st for the Rays these days he still looks like he could grab a bat and do some damage.  If the SPBA had lasted more than 1.5 seasons, perhaps he could’ve been as perennial All-Star for that league.

1989-90 Topps SPBA George Hendrick

Wikipedia mentions Bert Campeneris as one of the standouts of this Suns team.

1989-90 Topps SPBA Bert Campaneris

I wonder if Earl Weaver’s Suns jersey had a pocket sewn in for his smokes…

1989-90 Topps SPBA Earl Weaver

Ed Figueroa is a pitcher that I’ve always liked from his time with the Yankees.  Here’s some pointless trivia for you:  His last name contains every vowel (except for “sometimes Y”)

1989-90 Topps SPBA Ed Figueroa

Winter Haven Super Sox

“Super Sox”?  Honestly, that’s the best they could come up with?  Anyway…

Fergie Jenkins!  Sorry, can’t think of anything to say… Um… Look at how Canadian he is!

1989-90 Topps SPBA Fergie Jenkins

At a recent Orioles 60th Anniversary celebration, it struck me how short (for a ballplayer) Al Bumbry is… which just gave me more reasons to like him!  (I’m the same height).

1989-90 Topps SPBA Al Bumbry

Wikipedia says that The Spaceman was the Super Sox player/manager for 7 games before getting replaced by Ed Nottle.  “Singing Ed” didn’t even make it to the end of the season, being replaced himself by Leon Roberts.

1989-90 Topps SPBA Bill Lee

…And that concludes my review of the 1989/90 Topps SPBA set… But fret not, Senior League fans!  I’ve got another SPBA box set, this one made by T&M Sports, and I’ll share that with you at some point… after everybody’s had time to “cleanse the palate”.

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