Wednesday, August 5, 2009

196(9) At A Time - Page 28

#239 - Bob Taylor After spending seven years in the majors, Bob spent all of 1968 in the minor leagues. He had a good enough year to get a second chance with the expansion Royals. He hit .270 in 64 games for the Royals, a nice comeback.

This was weird...when I was looking him up on, I could find info on another player named Bob Taylor, but nothing on this one. I had to dig around before I found him listed under a different name, Hawk Taylor. The really weird thing... the next player in the set.... Hawk Harrelson

#240 - Ken Harrelson
Nothing say Red Sox like a gold vest jersey, right Topps? Hawk had a great season with the Red Sox in 1968, but was traded to the Indians on April 19, 1969. He ended the season with 30 home runs, but 1969 would be his last good season and by 1971 he was done. It may be my Cubs bias, but I can't stand him as the White Sox TV announcer. There are others, including many White Sox fans, that agree with me... Heave the Hawk!

#241 - Jim Brewer
He broke in with the Cubs in the early '60's, but is best known for his time with the Dodgers. He made 59 appearances out of the pen for LA in 1969 and posted a nice 2.55 ERA

#242 - Frank Kostro
I absolutely never heard of this guy. His seven year career was just about over, and after 2 AB's in 1969, it was done.

#243 - Ron Kline
Kline is another guy who got to hold on to his career a little longer because of expansion. He spent 1969 with three different teams and moved on to a fourth in 1970 before finally being finished.

#244 - Indian Rookies
Fosse was Cleveland's answer to Ohio's other young catcher, Johnny Bench. Who knows how his career would have turned out if not for the collision with Pete Rose in the 1970 All-Star game. Woodson never made it to the major leagues.

#245 - Ed Charles
This would be Charles' last card as he finished his eight year career with the Mets in 1969. When you are 36 and hit .207, you don't have much job security.

#246 - Joe Coleman
Coleman looks really young on this card, yet he already had four years of major league service. He would go 12-13 for the Senators in 1969. Later in his career, in 1976, he spent half a season with the Cubs.

#247 - Gene Oliver -
Gene is a Cub, so he gets his own post tomorrow.

Overall Set Totals (player cards only)
Hall of Famers - 15
Hatless - 55
Airbrush - 49
Cubs (includes past, present, or future) - 42


  1. All these scans of the 1969 Topps set would look great on Zistle!

  2. Not a fan of the Hawk either.