Chris Russo shows off an uncanny skill on 'Old Baseball Cards'

Mike Oz

You hear Chris Russo talk about baseball every day on MLB Network’s “High Heat” and his Mad Dog Sports Radio on Sirius XM, but you don’t often get to him talk about baseball in exactly this way.

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On this week’s episode of “Old Baseball Cards,” we handed Russo a pack of 1984 Fleer — he wanted some of the oldest cards we had — and he proceeded to remisicence about ’80s baseball. Specifically, he showed off an impressive skill: The guy can name just about any ballpark in the photo of a baseball card. Especially the old spring-training parks of the ’80s.

Along the way, he geeks out over Fred Lynn (and won’t trade him) and I open some 1987 Topps. Eventually, we found a way to make a deal that pleases him and perfectly ties episode back to one from the past — when we opened cards with New York Yankees manager Aaron Boone.

Chris Russo of MLB Network and Sirius XM opens 1984 Fleer on “Old Baseball Cards.” (Yahoo Sports)
Chris Russo of MLB Network and Sirius XM opens 1984 Fleer on “Old Baseball Cards.” (Yahoo Sports)

If you’re new to this series, we open old baseball cards from the ’80s and ’90s with baseball players, coaches, commentators and famous fans. It all started with cards that were sitting in my garage that my grandma bought back in the day. Now we use the old cards to find baseball stories and nostalgia. We’ve got plenty of great old episodes below for you to check out.

Previously on Old Baseball Cards
MUST-SEE EPISODES: George Brett | Torey Lovullo | Pedro Martinez | Bronson Arroyo | Eric Davis | Dusty Baker | Hank Azaria | Alex Rodriguez | Scott Boras | A.J. Ellis | Bernie Williams | Chase Utley | John Smoltz | Best trades of 2017 | Best finds of 2017 | Best Guests of 2017 (Part 1) | Best Guests of 2017 (Part 2)

MANAGERS/COACHES: Terry Francona | Joe Maddon | Bruce Bochy | Clint Hurdle | Buck Showalter | Brad Mills | Bob Melvin | Dave Roberts

CURRENT PLAYERS: Curtis Granderson | Noah Syndergaard | Kyle Hendricks | Clayton Kershaw | Todd Coffey | John Axford | Dee Gordon | Adam Eaton | Rajai Davis | Brad Ziegler & Tyler Clippard | Buster Posey, David Price & Anthony Rizzo

STARS FROM BACK IN THE DAY: Frank Thomas | Sandy Alomar Jr. | Delino DeShields | Cliff Floyd | Dan Plesac | Aaron Boone | Bobby Bonilla | Andre Dawson | Ivan Rodriguez | Jack Morris | Jeff Nelson | Mark Teixeira

CELEBS: Mr. Belding | Alyssa Milano | Josh Duhamel | Joel McHale

ETC: Josh Kusnick | Jeff Passan | Ken Kendrick

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