Thursday, July 15, 2010

2004 Bowman Heritage #287 Jesse Crain and #306 Brad Sullivan

A special 2 for 1 today! Not because these players don't deserve their own posts, but because we'll be looking at the same cards for both players.

The first player is Jesse Crain. He played at the University of Houston in 2002 coming from San Jacinto Junior College. He had a huge impact that one season though playing both shortstop and relief pitcher.

He led the team in saves in 2002 with 10. That is good enough to be 3rd on the UH season save list and 5th in career saves. He is also 2nd in consecutive shutout innings (35.2)

His amazing season won him several honors. He was team MVP. He was the 1st player in school and Conference USA history to be named 1st team All-Conference at two positions. He was also named as a 1st team All American and made Rayner Noble's All Decade Team (1995-2004) as a Relief Pitcher.

After his Cougar career, Crain was 2nd round pick in the 2002 MLB draft by Minnesota. He has played for Twins from 2004 to present.

You can also check out his website.

The second player is Brad Sullivan. Brad player for the Cougars from 2001-2003 and was a dominating starting pitcher who holds several UH pitching records.

#1 wins in a season (13 in 2002)
#1 strikeouts in a game (16 three times)
#1 strikeouts in a season (157 in 2002)
#1 career strikeouts (409)
#1 career strikeouts per nine innings (10.6)
#3 career wins (25)
#9 career ERA (2.64)
Tied #1 season wins (13 in 2002)
#9 season ERA (1.82 in 2002)
#3 Consecutive Shutout Innings Pitched (30.2)
#3 season strikeouts per nine innings (11.2 in 2003) and #5 (11.0 in 2002)

Sullivan led team in ERA and victories in 2001 and 2002. And he led team in strikeouts and innings pitched in 2001, 2002, and 2003.

He was given several awards for his magnificent efforts:
Freshman All American and All Conference 2001
CUSA pitcher of the year 2002
1st consensus All-American in UH and Conference USA history in 2002
All Conference 1st team for 3 years (2001-2003)
Rayner Noble's All Decade Team (1995-2004)

He was selected in the first round (#25) of the 2003 draft by Oakland. Unfortunately he never got to pitch in the Major Leagues.

Today's cards are the 2004 Bowman Heritage #287 and #306. The card design is based on the 1955 Bowman design which was previously posted featuring Bill Henry. The design is identical with the exception of the Bowman Heritage logo being added. As usual, there are variations. There are black and white and mahogany variations as wells printing plates.

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