Things you may not have known about Mark Grace

Mark's career Major League Baseball salary figures, by year:

1989 Chicago Cubs
$140,000
1990 Chicago Cubs
$325,000
1991 Chicago Cubs
$1,200,000
1992 Chicago Cubs
$2,262,500
1993 Chicago Cubs
$3,100,000
1994 Chicago Cubs
$4,400,000
1995 Chicago Cubs
$4,400,000
1996 Chicago Cubs
$4,175,000
1997 Chicago Cubs
$4,525,000
1998 Chicago Cubs
$4,225,000
1999 Chicago Cubs
$4,100,000
2000 Chicago Cubs
$5,300,000
2001 Arizona Diamondbacks
$3,000,000
2002 Arizona Diamondbacks
$3,000,000
2003 Arizona Diamondbacks
$2,000,000
Total MLB Baseball Gross Earnings:
$46,152,500

This photo shows Mark Grace after winning his first championship - winning the Una Recreation League of Nashville, Tennessee. Grace's team, sponsored by the Wilburn Brothers Band, beat Nellecobal Mac Truck in the league's championship game of 1974. Grace is third from the left. Mark's dad, Gene Grace, was the team's coach and is wearing a hat in the photo. Thanks to Mark's teammate on that team, Rex Lee, for sending me this shot.

Mark Grace Little League Photo

Even while with the Cubs, Mark was making history at Bank One Ballpark. On May 12, 1998, Mark became the first player ever to hit a homerun into the Bank One Ballpark Pool during an official game. Two months later, on July 29, he became the first visiting player to hit a second homerun into the pool.

Bank One Ballpark Pool

Mark's first ex-wife, actress Michelle Grace, married actor Ray Liotta in Las Vegas on February 15, 1997. They were married by an Elvis impersonator. At the time of the marriage, Ray was 42, Michelle 27.

Michelle Grace   Michelle Grace

Mark wasn't the first Grace to play for the Chicago Cubs. Earl Grace played 27 games in 1929 and 7 games in 1931 for the Cubs. The backup catcher was traded to Pittsburgh mid-season, and would play a total of 6 more seasons with the Pittsburgh Pirates and Philadelphia Phillies before retiring in 1937. Interestingly, even though the Cubs made the World Series in 1929, Earl, like Mark, never played in the fall classic as a Cub (Chicago had traded for Boston Braves' catcher Zack Taylor to upgrade at the position for the pennant drive).

Taking Care of Business VHS

Ever wish you could see Mark Grace play in the World Series with the Cubs? In fact, ever wish you could travel more like to Disney World hotels or Paris hotels? Anyways, you need to rent the 1990 comedy "Taking Care of Business" staring James Belushi and Charles Grodin. Mark makes his Hollywood debut, albeit in a non-speaking part. But seeing Grace hit the game-winning homerun in a World Series in a Cubs jersey is worth the price of the rental alone.

Taking Care of Business VHS

This newspaper ad for a Chicago nightclub speaks for itself. From left to right, this macho lineup includes Kyle Farnsworth, Mark Grace, Kevin Tapani, Mickey Morandini, Steve Trachsel, and Terry Adams. I'm sure thousands of women were shocked to discover that Mark Grace was in fact a homosexual biker (just kidding, obviously).

Macho Men Cubs Advertisement

Another strange Grace sighting is in this rare 1989 poster entitled "Night Heat" issued by The Ol' Ball Park Company. It's hard to see, but the players' shirts say "Wrigley Bomb Squad." From left to right (I think) is Vance Law, Darrin Jackson, Shawon Dunston, Mike Harkey, Andre Dawson, Damon Berryhill and Mark Grace. Possibly the worst baseball poster I have ever seen, but as Bill Simmon's (ESPN Page 2's "Sports Guy") would say, it scores a perfect 100 on the Unintentional Comedy Scale.

Night Heat Cubs Poster

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Betting favourites to win the MLB

The 2013 season of the MLB has now reached the post-season point where the winners of the National League (NL) and the American League (AL) are preparing to do battle with each other for the World Series. This means that it is nearing the end of the time to put bets on this season’s MLB, but there is still time to hit one of the online bookmakers to bet on one of the eight teams left standing in the 2013 season. So which of the sides have been installed as favourites to win the MLB this year?

Well the bookies have placed the Boston Red Sox as post-season favourites, with odds of 7/2 to go all the way and claim the World Series. They certainly looked impressive in garnering a 97-point haul during the regular season. The 9/2 odds on both the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Detroit Tigers, suggests that the bookies do not expect the post-season to be a cakewalk for the Red Sox. The Dodgers in particular have greatly improved since Hanley Ramirez regained his form and Yasiel Puig was called up in mid-season, so you might consider it too tough to call. If you do, then playing Hot Shot at one of the many online casino sites featuring this game could be a better choice.

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Sources:

www.oddschecker.com/baseball/mlb/world-series/winner

www.captainsblog.info/2013/06/01/review-of-baseball-slots-game-hot-shot/20347/

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