Thursday, January 23, 2014

Food-Issue Friday: 1987 Kraft Home Plate Heroes #2 Dale Murphy

Just as baseball has dozens of 'unwritten rules,' so, too, does bachelorhood and parenthood. One such law, I believe, goes something like this: "Thou must prepare a bowl of Mac N Cheese at least once a week." 

Our kids tried to keep us accountable on this one, making requests what seemed to be every Saturday- unless it was the summer months, at which time they would increase just as the temperature does. To their dismay, we declined their requests from time to time. Things might have been different- had there been baseball cards included with this staple.

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Kraft Foods entered into the baseball card business in 1987 with the help of Mike Schechter Associates, who produced the set for the food giant. MSA, you might remember, produced a number of 'food-issues' back in the day- notably, the discs that were a dime a dozen. The '87 Kraft product was the first and only one available on boxes of the popular noodles, although they would go on to include cards in packages of their cheese singles during the years 1993-1995.

Murph had arguably his best pro season in 1987- and his final 'great' season- hitting .295/.417/.580 along with a career-high 44 Homers. He also made the last of his seven All-Star teams. 

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