Wednesday, June 24, 2009

196(9) At A Time - Page 16

This is a pretty non-descript page, thought one third of the players ended up with the Cubs.

#133 - Johnny Callison
A nice look at the veteran outfielder. After the 1969 season he was traded to the Cubs for Oscar Gamble. His career was fading by then and lasted only two mediocre seasons in Chicago before being sent to the Yankees

#134 - Jim Weaver
I never heard of this guy. He made only 14 appearances for the Angels in 1968, but Topps deemed him card-worthy. The back of his card says he was optioned to the minors in November 1968 and he never pitched in the big leagues again.

#135 - Tommy Davis
The speedy outfielder was taken by the Pilots from the White Sox. A two-time All-Star with the Dodgers, the end of his career saw him bounce around with several teams including two stints with the Cubs. His last nine seasons were spent with eight different teams.

#136 - Cardinal Rookies
Huntz was a utility infielder while Torrez put together a solid 18 year pitching career including a 20 win season in 1975.

#137 - Wally Bunker
Is that a giant can of Budweiser behind his left shoulder, or what exactly is that? Bunker is shown in an Orioles uniform last worn in 1965. He won 19 games with the Orioles in 1964, but arm trouble caused the Birds to let him go in the expansion draft. He was a very respectable 12-11 for the Royals in 1969.

#138 - John Bateman
The hatless Expos backstop was taken from the Astros. After part-time duty in 1969, he was Montreal's starting catcher in 1970-1971.

#139 - Andy Kosco
A real oddity, this is the first of two Dodger cards in a row. That happened very rarely in a Topps set, usually (as is the case here) because of a trade. The Dodgers picked him up in a trade with the Yankees during the off-season.

#140 - Jim Lefebvre
The NL Rookie of the Year in 1965, by 1969 his career was in decline because of injuries. Jim managed the Cubs in 1992 and 1993 and had exactly a .500 record (162-162). I'm not sure why he was fired after the '93 season, because a .500 Cubs team in that era was about as good as you were going to get.

#141 - Bill Dillman
Here is another unknown pitcher. He pitched for the Orioles in 1967 but spent the entire 1968 season in the minors. Why did Topps then go ahead and give him a card? He resurfaced in the majors briefly for the Expos in 1970 before his big league career ended.

Overall Set Totals (player cards only)
Hall of Famers - 9
Hatless - 34
Airbrush - 30
Cubs (includes past, present, or future) - 25

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