LaTroy Hawkins explains why he once had to call Topps on 'Old Baseball Cards'

LaTroy Hawkins loves pitching, loves his home state of Indiana and even once had to call Topps to ask why he hadn’t had a baseball card recently.

You’ll learn all that and more as the long-time MLB relief pitcher — who pitched an amazing 21 seasons before retiring in 2015 — is this week’s guest on “Old Baseball Cards,” Yahoo Sports baseball-card driven trip down memory lane.

Hawkins joined us on behalf of the Still Got Game Foundation, a recently formed non-profit in which ex-pro athletes have come together to give back and promote social change. Hawkins, along with Torii Hunter, Kenny Lofton and Ken Griffey Jr., are among the group’s board members.

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In this episode, we’re opening up 1983 Topps, which brings Hawkins back to his childhood, and 1999 Fleer Ultra, which were within his playing days. He find players ranging from Mike Morgan and Tom Brunansky to Bartolo Colón and Eric Davis.

If you like this episode, we’d recommend checking out our previous episodes with Tom and Nick GordonBronson Arroyo and Eric Davis.

Previously on Old Baseball Cards

RECENT EPISODES: Don Mattingly | Tom Gordon & Nick Gordon | Ron Darling | Mike Rizzo | Craig Counsell | Rocco Baldelli | Kevin Cash | Brad Ausmus | Pete Rose | Mike Trout | Kyle Freeland | Tony Gwynn Jr. | Archie Bradley | Manny Machado | Keynan Middleton | Pete Alonso | Todd Frazier | Miguel Rojas | Future Stars edition | Tim Wallach

MUST-SEE EPISODESRandy Johnson | George Brett | Dave Winfield | Gary Vee | Jerry Dipoto | Mike Krukow | HQ’s Scott Rogowsky | Felipe Alou | Torey Lovullo | Nick Swisher | David Ross | Tim Raines | Thomas Ian Nicholas aka Henry Rowengartner | Pedro Martinez | Bronson Arroyo | Eric Davis | Dusty Baker | Hank Azaria | Alex Rodriguez | Scott Boras | A.J. Ellis | Bernie Williams | Chase Utley | John Smoltz

COMPILATIONSBest trades of 2017 | Best finds of 2017 Best Guests of 2017 (Part 1) | Best Guests of 2017 (Part 2) | The Best of People Eating 30-Year-Old Gum | The Best Finds of 2018 | Favorite Guests of 2018

CROSSOVER EPISODESThe Miz | Metta World Peace | Jazzy Jeff

STARS FROM BACK IN THE DAYFred Lynn | Eduardo Perez | J.J. Putz | Luis GonzalezDuane Kuiper | Edgar Martinez | Ryne Sandberg | 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 | Rick Ankiel | Kevin Millar

MANAGERS/COACHESTerry Francona | Joe Maddon | Bruce Bochy | Clint Hurdle | Buck Showalter | Brad Mills | Bob Melvin | Dave Roberts | Gabe Kapler | Alex Cora | Dave Martinez | Ron Gardenhire | Scott Servais

CURRENT PLAYERSAlex Bregman | CC Sabathia | 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

CELEBSKurt Busch | Bill Nye | Mr. Belding | Alyssa Milano | Josh Duhamel | Joel McHale

ETCChris “Mad Dog” Russo | Josh Kusnick | Jeff Passan | Ken Kendrick

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