Forget the Hall of Fame. If a player disappears from the back of baseball cards, does he still exist?
A little investigating by chicagosidesports.com, followed by some further poking by Yahoo!’s Big League Stew, seems to show that one baseball card company may be trying to give Major League Baseball a hand in forgetting Pete Rose.
Rose, who holds many MLB records but has been shunned by the league due to a lifetime ban from the game, fails to get a mention on some recent baseball cards made by Topps.
This year, Topps lists all the usual information on the back of its cards — stats, age, career history — and also has a line called “career chase,” where it notes how close players are to certain milestones. On most cards, that information is listed in relation to whoever’s record the person is chasing. For example, Rob Harris of chicagosidesports.com writes, Bobby Parnell is listed as having pitched 249 games, which puts him 1,003 away from Jesse Orosco‘s record of 1,252.
But when it c...