1994 PINNACLE MUSEUM COLLECTION JOE ORSULAK
If Woody Guthrie were alive in 1994, he would have written songs about Joe Orsulak.
Orsulak is the MLB version of the common man.
He has a common name, a name that sounds like hard work, a name that is democratic enough to include just about every vowel. (There is, after all, no “i” in Joe Orsulak.)
He has a common face, with a thin lower lip, slightly recessed chin, and a ruddy weathered complexion.
And he is, it must be said, a common card.
But I’ll take a Joe Orsulak over a superstar any day.
Baseball was built on the backs of players like Orsulak. Solid players who were good for 400 ABs a season; who had strong outfield arms and could hit the cutoff; who, if health allowed, would top 1,000 hits in their careers.
And baseball will continue to be sustained by the likes of Joe Orsulak.
So on some other day we’ll shine the spotlight again on Tom Seaver, Dwight Gooden, David Wright.
But today… well, today is all about Joe Orsulak.