Bill Lyons, a Cardinals prospect in the 1980s, had 133 at-bats with St. Louis, split between the 1983 and ’84 seasons. His career, spent mostly in the minors, provided plenty of memories, but never a baseball card. Not one you could pull out of a pack of MLB licensed cards, anyway.
That short stint with the Cardinals was his last in the big leagues but he’d play four more seasons with their AAA team in Louisville.
Now retired from the insurance business, Lyons finally got a big league-style card as a Christmas present this year, thanks to d the Topps custom card program. Lyons’ son Andy used the 1986 design and a photo of the young infielder standing at the plate during a road game.
“It was one of the best Christmas presents I ever received,” Lyons told Pete Hayes of The Telegraph, who caught up with the former high school and college star from Southern Illinois.