Wednesday, December 9, 2009

196(9) At A Time - Page 64

#563 - Marty Pattin This card gives you a good look at the plain uniforms and hats the Pilots wore in spring training. When the regular season started, they had much better looking uniforms. Pattin had a nice rookie campaign for the Angels in 1968, going 4-4 with a 2.79 ERA working mostly out of the pen. I'm somewhat surprised that the Angels didn't protect him in the expansion draft. The Pilots used him as a starter, and he was 7-12 with an ERA that doubled, 5.62.

#564 - Gil Hodges

#565 - Hoyt Wilhelm Wilhelm was so well-traveled that I will give Topps some slack for having to airbrush him. The future hall of famer was traded by the White Sox to the Angels after the '68 season. He made 47 appearances for the Angels before being traded to the Braves on September 8. I suppose this was to bolster the Atlanta bullpen in their pennant drive. He pitched in only four games for the Braves in '69. The next season, it was the Cubs who picked him up late in the season and Wilhelm made three appearances for the '70 Cubs.

#566 - Ron Hansen
He was in his second tour of duty with the Sox, having spent '63-67 on the south side. During his time away from the Sox, as a Senator Hansen became one of a handful of players to turn an unassisted triple play. In 1969 he was a utility man, playing all four infield positions over 85 games.

#567 - Pirates Rookies
As a 24-year-old rookie in 1964, Jimenez played in one game for the Yankees. Five years later, he was still trying to make it back to the bigs, but he spent all of 1969 in AAA. He never did return to the majors. After cups of coffee in '66 and '67, Shellenback finally stuck with the Pirates in 1969. Used as both a starter and reliever, he pitched 101 innings and was 4-7.

#568 - Cecil Upshaw
Topps gives us a spring training shot of the Braves closer. Cecil led the pitchers in appearances with 62. He saved 27 for the West Division champs and had a 2.91 ERA.

#569 - Billy Harris
The Royals picked Harris up from the Indians. The Tribe felt they could survive without his .213 average in 38 games. Harris played in two games for the Royals in June and three more in September, but spent most of the year in AAA. He would never appear in another big league game.

#570 - Ron Santo
The Cubs' third sacker gets his own post tomorrow.

#571 - Cap Peterson Oh, the irony that Cap is not wearing a cap!! He is pictured in a Giants uniform, though he last played for them in 1966. He spent 1967 and 1968 with the Senators before being traded to the Indians at the end of spring training, 1969. He played in 76 games for Cleveland and hit only .227. He spent all of the next three years in AAA, never returning to the majors.

Overall Set Totals (player cards only)
Hall of Famers - 41
Hatless - 128
Airbrush - 92
Cubs (includes past, present, or future) - 79


  1. For some reason, I didn't think Gil Hodges looked like this. Thought he looked diffferent.

  2. Big D, Hodges just finished managing a bad Mets team in 1968, and before that he managed the Senators for 5 years. That's enough to age anyone!