(This is part of a series of posts about the 2017 Hall of Fame inductions. Read them all here.)
When it comes to glamorous baseball cards, baseball executives usually don’t move the needle.
After all, would you rather have a rookie card of a potential 500-home-run slugger or a suit-and-tie shot of some Ivy League whippersnapper who wants to become the next Theo Epstein or Jed Hoyer?
But if there is one modern diamond chief who can buck that trend, it’s John Schuerholz, who will be inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in July or 2017.
Consider his record:
- Began baseball career in 1967 as an administrative assistant to minor league clubs in the Baltimore Orioles‘ organization
- Became Kansas City Royals farm director in 1976
- Served as Royals’ scouting director from 1977-80
- Promoted to assistant general manager in KC in 1981
- Installed as GM of the Royals in 1982, a post he held until 1990
- Led Atlanta Braves as GM from 1990 to 2007
In case you didn’t notice, the years Schuerholz spent as farm and scouting director for the Royals were the same years during which KC was building the team that would compete through the mid-1980s.
You can chalk up their 1985 World Series title, in large part, to the work Schuerholz did in constructing the club.
And then, of course, he was at the helm when the Braves returned to the World Series year after year in the 90s, including a win in the 1995 Fall Classic (over the Cleveland Indians).
Lucky for us, the baseball card gods saw fit to fill our coffers with a wide variety of Schuerholz pasteboards.
First came the team-issued 1982 Kansas City Royals Photocards “rookie card”:
Next up was the 1983 Kansas City Royals Photocards issue:
That gem was followed up closely by the 1984 Kansas City Royals Photocards card:
Finally, Schuerholz capped off his cardboard career on the 1985 Kansas City Royals Photocards issue:
Man, what a cornucopia of color and amazing baseball card designs. Truly a master set fitting of the Hall of Fame.
Don’t you think?
(Thanks to The Trading Card Database for their Schuerholz listings.)