#CardCorner: 1978 Topps Rawly Eastwick
The face and the name didn’t fit baseball, but Eastwick’s right arm did. At his peak, he could throw with the best of them. And off the field, he had talents to match his pitching skills.
Intelligent and well spoken, Eastwick now lives in Boston, where he manages a series of office buildings. His name entered the public consciousness again in 2013, when he was planning to attend the Boston Marathon. He had wanted to be at the finish line, where he could greet some of the girls who were running in support of NFL player Tedy Bruschi’s charity, known as “Tedy’s Team.” One of the runners was competing on behalf of Haylee Eastwick, Rawly’s daughter, who had suffered a stroke five years earlier. Eastwick had to cancel the greeting when he learned about the terrorist bombing at the finish line of the Marathon.
Bruce Markusen is the manager of digital and outreach learning at the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum