Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Danny Boone had an interesting start and finish to his major league career. He was drafted in 1973 in the 15th round by the Angels, but did not sign. He was drafted in 1974 in the 5th round again by the Angels, but did not sign. In 1975 the Yankees drafted him in the 14th round, but did not sign. The Padres drafted him in 1976 in the 2nd round, but guess what he didn't sign then either. In June of 1976, he was drafted by the Angels in the 2nd round and what do you know he finally signed. He played in the Angels system until he was released in late March of 1980 and two or three days later the Padres signed him. He pitched for parts of two seasons making his debut against the Giants on April 11, 1981, he was 2-11 with 3 saves in 47 games. In 1982 he was traded to the Astros for Joe Pittman. In June of 1983 Houston released and in July he signed as a free agent with the Brewers, he played one year in their minor league system and was released. He disappeared until 1989 when the Senior Professional Baseball Association, Boone signed with the Bradenton Explorers. While going 4-3 with a 3.16 ERA he revealed that he had added a knuckleball to his arsenal of pitches. The Orioles signed him as a free agent in February and he spent the season in the minors getting a September call-up. He pitched in 4 games getting his first major league start. That start also turned out to be his final game, although Score accorded him Major League Prospect status in their 1991 set. I don't remember how I got the card signed, though I think it was through the mail.