Thursday, August 20, 2009

196(9) At A Time - Page 32

The aribrushed stay hot, extending their lead over the hatless.

#275 - Vic Davillio
Vic was with the Indians before coming to the Angels in 1968, as you probably figured from the picture. He hit .289 for the Angels and they thought they were set in center field. They weren't. He was hitting .155 when the Angels sent him to the Cardinals during the '69 season.

#276 - Gary Wagner
Here is another pitcher who had his career extended because of expansion. In 1969 his ERA for the Phillies was 7.91, which was good enough to get him traded to the Red Sox. In Boston he "improved" to a 6.06 ERA. He lasted one more season with the Red Sox before being released.

#277 - Rod Hendricks
I never heard him referred to as "Rod." It was either Elrod or Ellie. He was a 27 year old rookie for the Orioles in '68 and became their regular catcher in 1969. By 1972 he was hitting under .200 and so that get traded to the Cubs....and hit .116. In the off-season he was traded back to the Orioles. A few years later he was sent to the Yankees in a deal that included nine players. When he became a free agent he was back to the Orioles a third time and finished his career in Baltimore.

#278 - Gary Geiger
It looks like Geiger is in a Braves uniform, a team he played for in 1966 and 1967. He was out of the majors in 1968, but returned with the Astros in 1969, hitting .224 in 93 games. I would add him to the list of players helped because of expansion. He played 5 more games in 1970 before being released.

#279 - Roger Nelson
Roger is looking good in that White Sox uniform. I like the stripes on the stirrups. "Spider" started 29 games for the Royals in 1969 and went 7-13 with a respectable 3.31 ERA.

#280 - Alex Johnson
Don't be fooled by Alex's red hat...its not a Red's hat, but instead in a Phillies cap. He's got the Phillies home jersey on and the red seats in the background confirm this picture was taken at Connie Mack Stadium. Johnson last played for the Phillies in 1965, making this a pretty old photo. He had a good year in 1968, hitting .312, fourth best in the league. He followed that up with a .315 average in 1969, which was good enough to get him traded after the season.

#281 - Ted Kubiak
The KC on Ted's hat was airbrushed away. He hit .249 in part time duty for the A's in 1969.

#282 - Pat Jarvis
We have a shot of Pat in one of the standard pitcher poses at spring training. Jarvis went 13-11 for the division-winning Braves in 1969. He started game 3 of the NLCS against the Mets, but lasted on 4 1/3 innings and was tagged for 6 runs and the Mets finished their sweep of the Braves.

#283 - Sandy Alomar
The pinstriped jersey might lead you to believe he is in a White Sox uniform, but no, its a Met's top. By 1969 Alomar was with his third team in four seasons. And half-way through '69, the Sox sent him to the Angels, where he had the best years of his career. His boys had much better careers than dad.

Overall Set Totals (player cards only)
Hall of Famers - 18
Hatless - 61
Airbrush - 64
Cubs (includes past, present, or future) - 44

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