gary gaetti, 1992 upper deck #321, angels

Player: Gaetti, Gary

Card: 1992 Upper Deck #321

Position: 3B/1B

Born in Centralia, Illinois, Gary Joseph Gaetti, is a former third baseman for the Minnesota Twins (1981–1990), California Angels (1991–1993), Kansas City Royals (1993–1995), St. Louis Cardinals (1996–1998), Chicago Cubs (1998–1999) and Boston Red Sox (2000).

Gary won a World Series with Minnesota in 1987 and was the MVP of that year’s American League Championship Series against the Detroit Tigers. In 1987, he became the first player ever to hit home runs in his first two postseason plate appearances.

In 1996, he hit a grand slam off Greg Maddux to extend the Cardinals’ lead to 8-3 over the Braves in Game 2 of the NLCS. He was voted onto two All-Star teams, won four Gold Gloves and a Silver Slugger award. In 1998, he became the only player to be a teammate of both Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa during their purportedly steroid-driven record-breaking campaign.

After Gary retired from playing, he managed the independent league Sugar Land Skeeters from 2012-2017. His son, Joe Gaetti, played baseball in the Colorado Rockies farm system.

(excerpted from Baseball Almanac, BR Bullpen, and Wikipedia)

1984 Topps #157
1985 Topps #304
1986 Topps #97
1992 Topps #70
1993 Topps #139
2009 Italian American Baseball Heroes #49

Gaetti is part of the Italian American Sports Hall of Fame Tour – Go to the Next Stop

Gary is part of the All-Star Player Tour – Go to the Next Stop

Gary is also part of the St. Louis Cardinals Players Tour – Go to the Next Stop

Gary is also part of the Chicago Cubs Players Tour – Go To the Next Stop

Gary is also part of the Boston Red Sox Player Tour – Go to the Next Stop

See Gary’s baseball cards at TCDB

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