2013 Topps Making Their Mark #MM36 Carlos Martinez
As Martinez makes his Major League dreams come true, he continues to make his mark on the St. Louis Community and in his homeland, the Dominican Republic, by helping children realize their dreams through the Tsunami Waves Foundation. Tsunami Waves mission statement is: "to inspire and empower children to achieve their full potential and make their dreams a reality."
Hey, look! Another Fernando Tatis card from 2001. Thank you card companies for producing a bazillion sets in the late 90s and early 2000s. Tatis must have been doing his Ken Griffey, Jr. impression when this photo was shot. Backward hat, shades, back pocket hanging out, and squaring up the ball. Too bad he didn't imitate the Hall of Fame career part. Still, two grand slams in an inning is pretty cool. Ken Griffey, Jr. never did that.
He touched so many people through baseball, through the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, through his writing. The end doesn't diminish any of that. But the end does tell the saddest story, the one of a man who found God, worked with children, loved to fish, cherished his family but still could not summon the power to beat cocaine. -Joe Posnanski, sportswriter
Bobby Gene Smith was born on May 28, 1934 in Hood River, Oregon. He was signed by the Cardinals as an amateur free agent in 1952. Bobby made his debut for the Cardinals on April 16, 1957. From 1957-59, Smith compiled a .231 batting average with little run production. As a result, the Cardinals traded him to the Phillies in exchange for Carl Sawatski after the 1959 season.
Bobby found himself in a Cardinals uniform, once again, after the Cardinals acquired him in a trade with the Chicago Cubs halfway through the 1962 season. The Cardinals received Smith along with Daryl Robertson in exchange for Alex Grammas and Don Landrum. Consequently, Smith failed to impress; batting .231 with little run production. The Cardinals sold him to the Boston Red Sox after the season ended.
Charles Everett Tilson was born December 2, 1992 in Wilmette, Illinois. The Cardinals chose Charlie in the second round of the 2011 draft. During four seasons in the Cardinals farm system, Charlie has compiled a .296 batting average while scoring 212 runs and stealing 76 bases. He's been a Minor League All-Star for the past two seasons, but is trying to break into an already crowded Cardinals outfield. Charlie attended Spring Training in 2016, but was optioned to Triple-A Memphis just six days ago. If someone in the outfield gets hurt, expect to see Charlie filling the hole.