By Chris Olds | Beckett Baseball Editor
Doc Jacobs got his tryout — and now he’s getting a baseball card.
A Purple Heart-honored Navy vet who lost his left leg, toes on his right foot and parts of two fingers in Iraq had a tryout with the Los Angeles Dodgers on Feb. 28 — and now he’ll get his own baseball card from Upper Deck in its retro-styled 2013 Goodwin Champions multi-sport set that arrives on July 9.
Jacobs will be signing 100 copies of the card found in an insert set called Heroic Inspirations.
“When we heard about Doc’s story, we immediately said to ourselves, ‘Now that’s a baseball player we need to make a trading card for,’” said Chris Carlin, sports marketing manager for Upper Deck. “We worked in concert with our great partners at Operation Gratitude and the charity Doc co-founded, VETSports, to make it happen. We couldn’t be more excited to give patriotic Americans the opportunity to collect inspiration.”
On Saturday, Jacobs was presented with his card and got the chance to visit with Dodgers legend Tommy Lasorda. He also received a signed gift from Upper Deck spokesman LeBron James.
“He’s a hero,” Lasorda said. ”A lot of youngsters have baseball players as their heroes. One of a man who’s given his leg and toes and hands and everything, deserves a card.”
James took the time to sign a Goodwin poster for the veteran along with penning a message: “Doc Jacobs, You are an inspiration to us all! Best wishes!”
The Jacobs card will be part of a series of cards with a bigger message in mind from the long-running card company.
“This is the beginning of a larger program we will be unveiling soon working in unison with Operation Gratitude and VETSports,” Carlin said, “to show the brave men and women in uniform how much Upper Deck appreciates their service.”