Names I Can’t Believe Aren’t Famous – Danny Boone

3 Oct

1982 Fleer - Danny Boone

1991 Score - Dan Boone

There are two reasons that Danny Boone’s name should be famous:

1. He is a descendant of Daniel Boone, famous American pioneer and folk hero.

2. He pitched in the majors in 1981, 1982, and then after a lengthy absence from any level of the game, again in 1990.

Boone looked pretty happy on his 1982 Fleer card.  He was coming off his rookie season in 1981, posting a 2.84 ERA and 1-0 record in 37 relief appearances with San Diego.  Things looked good.  By 1983, however, he was out of the majors, and out of baseball altogether by the end of the 1984 season.

While away from the game, he learned how to throw a knuckleball, and by 1990 he got back to the big leagues with Baltimore.  Known by Dan by that time, he was featured in 1991 Score as a “Rookie Prospect,” ten years after his Major League debut.

Unfortunately, he never made it back to the big leagues, but it’s a great story.  What I’d like to know is whether there has ever been another prospect card released so long after a rookie card?

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