Dennis Lamp, 1985 Topps, #774
Here are five things about Dennis Lamp:
1) As you can clearly see, he has an incredible moustache. It is among the finest in the history of the team. In fact, as The Blue Jay Hunter points out here, maybe one of the best in the history of baseball. Its combination of density and shape make it an all-time great.
2) His overall stats over his three years with the Jays are fairly unimpressive, however in 1985 he was at the heart of the Jays bullpen success. Lamp’s 1985 season was excellent, throwing 105.2 innings, posting a 3.03 FIP (second lowest on the team to Tom Henke) and had a 2.3fWAR, the highest among Jays relief pitchers. He was nearly flawless in the 1985 ALCS against the Royals, throwing just over 9 innings of shutout relief and posting a WHIP of 0.321. 1985 Dennis Lamp was awesome.
3) He currently smells like fish. Seriously. If you head to the Bristol Farms grocery store in Newport Beach, California, Dennis Lamp is likely serving fish. In a January, 2011 piece in the Los Angeles Times, Lamp discusses his continued desire to work, career highlights and adjustments to post-baseball life. It’s an interesting read, particularly the little anecdotes and trivia like giving up Lou Brock’s 3,000th hit off his hand and Cal Ripken’s first ever hit.
4) This is one of many examples of amazing Dennis Lamp baseball cards. He may be an all-timer for incredible card photos. Like this White Sox one. Holy crap that is awesome. Or this Cubs one? Just fantastic. Just do yourself a favour, Google Image search Dennis Lamp. I’ll wait….
For those who did not take advantage of that remarkable time waster, here is one more.
5) Dennis Lamp is a mime. As one blogger discovered here, his 1982 Donruss card features the line “One of his hobbies is pantomime.” Well then.