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steve sax, 1992 topps #430, yankees

Player: Sax, Steve

Card: 1992 Topps #430

Position: 2B

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[He] was running out routine grounders [so] ferociously that people feared he was going to wipe himself out at first base.” (Mark Heisler, Los Angeles Times)

Stephen Louis Sax was born on January 29, 1960, in Sacramento, California, the third of five children born to John Thomas and Nancy Jane (Colombani) Sax. Steve Sax played as a second baseman in Major League Baseball from 1981 to 1994, most notably as a member of the Los Angeles Dodgers with whom he won two world championships in 1981 and 1988. He also played for the New York Yankees, Chicago White Sox, and the Oakland Athletics.

A five-time All-Star player, Steve was named the National League Rookie of the Year in 1982 and won the Silver Slugger Award in 1986. He has two World Series rings, both with the Los Angeles Dodgers (1981 & 1988). He was also a higher-up in the Players' Association.

Steve also was the 1981 Player of the Year for the Texas League San Antonio Dodgers, named to the 1982 Topps All-Star Rookie Team, a 2-time League At-Bats Leader (1988/NL & 1989/AL), 3-time League Singles Leader (1986/NL, 1988/NL & 1989/AL) and had two 200 Hits Seasons (1986 & 1989).

Steve inexplicably became incapable of making routine throws to first base in 1983, committing 30 errors that season. This is referred to in baseball terminology as "Steve Sax Syndrome" (also known as "The Yips"). By 1989, however, he seemed to be completely "cured", leading the American League in both fielding percentage and double plays.

Steve appeared in "Square Pegs" episode "No Joy in Weemawee" in season 1982/83, and in The Simpsons episode "Homer at the Bat." His brother Dave Sax was also a major leaguer.

Tragically, Steve's son USMC Capt. John J. Sax died with four other Marines when the aircraft he was co-piloting malfunctioned and crashed into a remote Southern California desert on June 8, 2022. The death, and its impact on Steve were covered wonderfully in a Daniel Brown story in The Athletic in April 2024.

(excerpted from SABR, BR Bullpen & Wikipedia)


1983 Topps #245
1984 Topps #610 (Autographed)
1986 Topps #175
1987 Topps #596
1990 Topps #560
1990 Upper Deck #172
1991 Upper Deck #462
1992 Upper Deck #729
2009 Italian American Baseball Heroes #87


Steve Sax is part of the Born in San Fran/Oakland/Sacramento Tour – Go to the Next Stop

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Steve is part of the LA/Brooklyn Dodgers Player Tour – Go to the Next Stop

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Steve is also part of the Chicago White Sox Players Tour – Go To the Next Stop

Steve is also part of the Athletics Player Tour – Go To the Next Stop

See all Steve’s baseball cards at TCDB

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