Friday, June 8, 2018

Jeff Francis

Jeff Francis - MLB Pitcher who was nicknamed after hockey great


The card: 2005 Topps

What it says about hockey: "Francis grew up in a 'baseball family' in the hockey hotbed of British Columbia."

The card: 2007 Topps Triple Threads




 What is says about hockey: "Canadian who was nicknamed "Boomer" by parents after hockey great "Boom Boom" Geoffrion.


The story:

   As noted by these two baseball cards, Jeff Francis grew up in a hockey hotbed and was surrounded by the sport that gave him his nickname. Jeff's grandfather called him Boom Boom after Montreal Canadiens Hockey Hall of Famer Boom Boom Geoffrion. Even with so much hockey around him, Francis never took to the game. The Canadian was always a baseball player though and through.
   Francis spent a decade in the Majors, pitching for the Colorado Rockies, Kansas City Royals, Cincinnati Reds, Oakland Athletics, New York Yankees and Toronto Blue Jays. He also helped Canada win a Gold medal at the 2015 Pan American Games.

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