Tuesday, August 11, 2009

196(9) At A Time - Page 29

Dueces wild on this page, 2 HOF, 2 Hatless, and 2 Airbrush, but no Cubs.

#248 - Bob Priddy He's shown in a Giants uniform at Shea, meaning the photo is from 1966 or earlier. Priddy was priddy terrible for the Sox in 1968, going 3-11. He bounced around in 1969 with the White Sox, Angels, and Braves.

#249 - Ed Spiezio
The Padres plucked Spiezio from the Cardinals, where he spent parts of five seasons in a utility role. He started 90 games for the Padres in 1969 but hit only .234.

#250 - Frank Robinson
Off-centered of course, but still a nice looking card. Robinson was still at the peak of his game, as he had 30 homers and 100 RBI's in 1969 while finishing third in the MVP balloting. As kids, we would talk about the Robinson brothers on the Orioles and snicker.

#251 - Ron Herbel
The good news - in 1968 Herbel didn't lose a game; the bad new - he didn't win one either. He made 28 appearance and had no record. I wonder what the record is for most appearance in a season with no record? He picked up four wins and a loss in 1969, but his ERA was over four.

#252 - Chuck Cottier
Nice flattop, Chuck. He spent 1959 - 1965 in the majors before spending the next two seasons in the minors. He returned to the bigs with the Angels in 1968. He played in only two games in 1969. He would later go on to manage the Mariners in the mid '80's. He was also a coach with the Cubs from 1988 - 1994.

#253 - Jerry Johnson
Signed originally as an infielder, he converted to a pitcher and had a 10 year major league career. 1969 was not a good year for Jerry as he was a lousy 6-13. After the season, he was part of the biggest trade that winter, a trade that saw Curt Flood sent to the Phillies. Flood refused to go and so began the players fight to eliminate the reserve clause.

#254 - Joe Schultz
The only manager in the history of the Seattle Pilots. If you haven't read Jim Bouton's classic book on his time with the Pilots, "Ball Four," you absolutely must read it! Two memorable Joe Schultz lines from the book: "Aw, S**tF**k!!" and "Alright boys, go pound some Budweiser's!"

#255 - Steve Carlton
Our second Hall of Famer on the page. Lefty looks really young and really skinny in this shot. This would be his breakout season, as he would go 17-11 with a 2.17 ERA. Gibson from the right, Carlton from the left; not too shabby a 1-2 punch at the top of the rotation.

#256 - Gates Brown
Gates loved to swing! He was the AL's top pinch hitter in 1968, with an amazing average of .474! That was too good to keep up and in 1969 he slumped to .205 as a pinch hitter.

Overall Set Totals (player cards only)
Hall of Famers - 17
Hatless - 57
Airbrush - 51
Cubs (includes past, present, or future) - 42


  1. I wonder if the Cards would have been able to win the NL East in '73 and '74 if they would have kept Carlton.

  2. Ron Herbel looks like the least-likely looking ballplayer I have ever seen.

  3. Did Ron Herbel look nerdy on ALL his cards? His '71 card is almost as bad.