Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Phillies Missing Links of the 1990s - #1 Louie Meadows

Michael Ray Meadows

Louie Meadows served as a back-up infielder for the Houston Astros in parts of four seasons before being set free and signing with the Phillies in July 1990.  He spend July and August with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons before earning a September call-up.  Perhaps best remembered as the guy who actually appeared on Wes Chamberlain's original 1991 Topps card, Meadows only appeared in 15 games for the Phillies, going 1 for 14 (.071).  He never started a game for the Phillies, entering only as a pinch-runner, pinch-hitter or late inning defensive replacement.

He played part of the 1991 season with the Red Barons before calling it a career.

Bats:  Left  Throws:  Left  Height:  5'11"  Weight:  190
Born:  April 29, 1961, Maysville, NC
Drafted:  Drafted by the Houston Astros in the 2nd round of the 1982 amateur draft, June 7, 1982
Major League Teams:  Houston Astros 1986, 1988-1990; Phillies 1990
Professional Affiliations:  Houston Astros 1982-1990; Phillies 1990-1991

Phillies Career
15 games, .071 (1 for 14)
Acquired:  Signed as a free agent formerly with the Houston Astros, July 4, 1990
Debut:  September 5, 1990 - Pinch-ran for Ricky Jordan and scored a run on a Lenny Dykstra single
Final Game:  October 3, 1990
Departed:  Granted free agency following the 1990 season, but returned for the 1991 season to play for the Red Barons.  It's not clear when/how he ultimately left the organization.

1988 Fleer Update #U-92
1989 Topps #643
1991 Topps #603A
1991 ProCards #2552
4 Meadows Baseball Cards in My Collection
First Card:  1990 Topps #534
Last Card:  1991 ProCards #2552

Other Baseball Cards
First Mainstream Card:  1988 Fleer Update #U-92
First Topps Base Card:  1989 Topps #643
Last Mainstream Card:  1990 Upper Deck #160
Other Notable Cards:  1983 TCMA Daytona Beach Astros #26, 1989 Fleer #361, 1989 Upper Deck #401, 1991 Topps #603A (Wes Chamberlain error card)

Sources:  Baseball Reference and The Trading Card Database

This is a continuing series looking at those players who spent time with the Phillies but possess no baseball card proof of their time in Philadelphia.  I will make my way through the decade of the 1980s first and then work my way forward.  In some cases, the First and Last Mainstream cards listed above have been subjectively chosen if multiple cards were released in that year.


Steve F. said...

These new Missing Links are looking good, Jim. I saw Louie Meadows and thought, "But I have that card." I forgot that it was We Chamberlain's card. Are there any missing links you needs photos of still? I can dig through some old programs.

Anonymous said...

Michael Ray Meadows ==> "Louie"?

Sounds like there's a story there...

Jim said...

Steve - I'm in need of photos for Manny Martinez, Glenn Dishman and Mike Robertson. Any help would be very much appreciated!

TSR - I thought the same thing . . . I'm sure at some point it was brought up as an interesting tidbit on an Astros or Phillies broadcast.