We almost forgot how much fun sending baseball cards TTM is until we unexpectedly received this in the mail today:
We also received this:
We sent these cards out well over a year ago--in fact, it may have been two years ago--so it was a nice surprise to have them returned. Mr. Brookens was a handsome rake and has aged gracefully:
That's him on the left, with Detroit manager Jim Leyland.
He focused on his family (including coaching his three girls, now in their 20s, in fastpitch softball) after finishing his career--and good for him!--but since last year he's been back as the first base coach for the Tigers. He has said the reason he and so many other members of the 1984 Tigers went into coaching or managing at the professional level is their manager, Sparky Anderson, from whom it was easy to learn. He became a 12-year major league veteran, playing seven positions (all except pitcher and left field) and batting .246 with 71 homers and 431 RBIs. Mr. Brookens played mostly third base.