Thursday, October 8, 2009

196(9) At A Time - Page 46

#401 - Jake Gibbs He was coming off of a season in which he played in a career high 124 games. But a young catcher by the name of Munson was ready and Gibbs major league career was just about finished.

#402 - Ken Boswell
A card please.

#403 - Bob Miller
The definition of journeyman pitcher, Miller played for ten different teams in his 17 year career, including a short stop with the Cubs. In 1969, he was 5-5 for the Twins, mostly in relief.

#404 - Cubs Rookies
They weren't any good, but they are Cubs, so they get a separate post tomorrow.

#405 - Lee May This is another Reds card taken at Wrigley Field. To anyone my age from Chicago, Lee May is known as the older brother of Carlos May. Lee had a monster season in 1969, with 38 HR and 118 RBI. That placed him third in the league in HR, fourth in RBI's and 30th in the MVP balloting! A tough league.

#406 - Phil Ortega
His 5-12 record in 1968 was not too impressive, and in spring training of 1969 he was sold to the Angels. He made five appearances and had an ERA of 10.12. His career was done.

#407 - Tom Egan
This must be an old photo that had an LA on the hat, a hat the Angels last wore in 1965. A career back up catcher, he hit a miniscule .142 in 141 at bats for the Angels in 1969.

#408 - Nate Colbert
Boy, does Nate look happy! Colbert was drafted by the Padres from the Astros and he was one of the team's first stars. In 1969, his first full season in the majors, he hit 24 home runs. That would be something to smile about!

#409 - Bob Moose
It looks like Moose has a chew in his left cheek. That is something you didn't see very often and today, would probably never see. Moose bounced back from a 8-12 1968 to lead the NL in winning percentage in 1969, going 14-3. He started 19 games and came out of the pen in 25 games. Eleven of his wins game as a starter. He would never win that many games again.

Overall Set Totals (player cards only)
Hall of Famers - 26
Hatless - 99
Airbrush - 87
Cubs (includes past, present, or future) - 59


  1. In 1975 or 1976 my grandmother came from New Jersey for a visit. I had a card of Dick Pole, who was pictured with a big chaw in his mouth. She went on and on for about five minutes about how disgusting he was. Funny thing, she smoked at least 2 packs of Winstons a day.

  2. Is Lee May's hat meant to be like that? What is the shape of his head?

  3. The Tom Egan card has the same photo used on his 1967 card. Topps sure was lazy for some of these cards! (68 & 69 Woody Fryman, 65, 66, 68, 69 Willie Mays, 67 & 69 Tom Egan, the list goes on...)