Mark Outlaw pitched in the Phillies organization from 1999 to 2003. His best season was 2000, when he went 5-2 with 11 saves and a 0.94 ERA for Piedmont. Overall in 173 games he went 16-11 with 24 saves and a 3.41 ERA. Now a Client Manager at Baylor Scott & White Health Plan in Texas, he kindly answered my questions about baseball cards.
My girlfriend at the time and wife now were walking through the mall one day when we saw a box of 2002 in a toy store. I told her that I had a card in that set. She said she was going to buy a pack. I told her that I wouldn’t be in that pack, because there were hundreds of cards in that set. Sure enough she opened the pack and my card was in there. I thought that was pretty cool and a great silent brag.
I’m back with the 13th pack out of my box of 1997 Fleer Sports Illustrated…and it’s a doozy (but not in a good way). When I grabbed the pack, I couldn’t help but notice how thin it was…and how it seemed to having nothing inside it but a piece of pa…
First the Nobel prize folks give Bob Dylan an award, now the committee is upset that the iconic troubadour won’t return their calls.Well I think the Nobel folks shouldn’t be to upset, I have been trying to get a hold of Bob Dylan for 20 years and he st…
With our teams unceremonious exit from the 2016 postseason, I thought it would be fun to take one last look at the current Lelands Auction for some more vintage Dodgers memorabilia. After all, there is no better way to get over the hump of anothe…
Last week Topps released an old Baseball card brand that existed in the hobby in the late-90’s and early naughts. It is called 2016 Topps Gold Label, and it features an 100-card base set that includes three different versions of each base card.&n…
I’ve had an appreciation for buybacks for some time now, but the thing that really got me kick-started on the buyback franken-set this year was a large lot of (97) buybacks that I won on eBay a while back. It took me a couple of months to get thr…
In the early twentieth century cab call signs could be seen at every major hotel and entertainment venue, providing an easy way for people to know when their cab had arrived. People would take a number and wait for their number to flash on the sign, me…
Barry LarkinYear: 1998Brand: Fleer Sports IllustratedInsert set: Opening Day Mini PosterCard number: 8The 1998 Fleer Sports Illustrated set continued the trend started in the 1997 edition of the brand where Fleer would include a…
This was scheduled to run yesterday, but it got bumped by something more important.I’ve got 14,459 Cubs cards from 109 different brands listed on a spreadsheet. A random number generator picked five cards, one each from the past several decades. 19…
Hall was signed by the Washington Senators way back in 1956, and played 7 seasons in the minors before finally making the majors in April 1963. Hall never showed a lot of power in the minors, but in his first big-league season, he crashed 33 homers and picked up 80 RBI. He finished 3rd in the AL Rookie of the Year voting, after White Sox’ teammates Gary Peters and Pete Ward.
For the next 2 seasons, Hall was the Twins’ regular center fielder, hitting 25 and 20 homers, and batting over .280 each year. He also made the All-Star team in those seasons.
In 1966 he also hit 20 homers, but his RBI total was down to 47 and his batting average plummeted to .239. He was the team’s #3 outfielder, splitting his time between center and left fields.
A change of scenery occurred in 1967, as Hall joined the perennially-crowded Angels’ outfield. After a season platooning in right field with Bubba Morton, Jimmie moved on to the Indians in May 1968 for outfielder Vic Davalillo.
He was acquired by the Yankees in the 2nd week of the 1969 season, and spent the next 5 months as the Yankees’ 4th outfielder, mostly backing up Bobby Murcer in right field. Hall was traded to the Cubs in mid-September.
Hall’s final season was 1970, and he was used sparingly both by the Cubs and by the Braves, who acquired him in June.
Luis Lopez played eleven seasons in the major leagues as a backup infielder for the Padres, Mets, Brewers, Orioles and Reds. In 721 games he hit .241 with 22 HR and 151 RBI.I think this photo, like the last one (Pedro Aquino Martinez), was from JC Penney.
Here is one of the rare high-number cards, showing utilityman Al Weis in his final season with the White Sox.
Weis was signed by the ChiSox in 1959, and played in the minors for 4 seasons before making his major-league debut with 7 games in September 1962.
Al played 99 games in his rookie season of 1963, and although he only started 53 games between 2B and SS (well behind regulars Nellie Fox and Ron Hansen), somehow Topps selected him to their All-Rookie team that season, displaying the trophy on his 1964 card.
In 1964 Fox had moved on, and Weis shared the 2nd base duties with rookie Don Buford (both were switch-hitters).
Al backed up Buford during the 1965 season, but with Don mostly playing 3rd base in 1966, Weis had increased playing time, sharing the 2nd base job with Jerry Adair, Wayne Causey, and Buford. In 1967 it was back to the bench, as Weis played only 50 games (14 starts).
After the season, he was traded to the Mets with outfielder Tommie Agee for outfielder Tommy Davis and pitcher Jack Fisher. Al played for the Mets for 3 1/2 seasons, with most of his playing time coming in ’68 and ’69. He played in all 3 games in the 1969 NLCS, and all 5 games of the ’69 World Series. Although he hit .215 with only 23 RBI that season, in the World Series he hit .455 with 1 home run and 3 RBI, while starting 4 of the 5 games for the Amazin’ Mets.
The 1969 post-season was his moment in the sun, as he was back to utilityman status in 1970, starting only 31 games as the backup 2nd baseman. He was released on July 1st, 1971 after playing in only 11 games to that point.
This is Rich Rollins’ final card as a Twin. After the 1968 season he joined the expansion Seattle Pilots.
Rollins was signed by the old Washington Senators in 1960. Midway through the 1961 season, he made his major-league debut for the team, in their first season as the Minnesota Twins.
In 1962, Rich hit .298, collected 96 RBI, and made his only All-Star team, as he started 158 of the team’s 163 games at the hot corner (every game except the 5 from 9/13 to 9/18).
The Twins had some iron-men that season:
Bernie Allen – 158 starts at 2B
Rich Rollins – 158 starts at 3B
Zoilo Versalles – 157 starts at SS
Harmon Killebrew – 150 starts in LF, 2 at 1B
Lenny Green – 147 starts in CF, 4 in LF
Earl Battey – 143 starts at C
Vic Power – 141 starts at 1B
Bob Allison – 139 starts in RF
Rich was the Twins’ everyday 3rd-sacker for the next 2 years, starting 132 and 146 games there. In 1964 he led the AL with 10 triples.
In 1965 his starts were down to 110 (plus 12 starts at 2nd base). The decrease was due to Killebrew having moved in from left field beginning in 1965. Although Killer primarily played 1st base, he started 40 games at 3rd in an effort to keep Don Mincher’s bat in the lineup. Rollins’ days as an every-day player ended after 1965.
Killebrew started 103 games at 3B, to Rollins’ 59 games in 1966. Still, Rich appeared in another 30 games as a pinch-hitter and defensive replacement.
With Mincher shipped off to the Angels after the 1966 season in exchange for Dean Chance, Killebrew took up full-time residence at 1st base. Rollins benefited with 90 starts at 3rd base, while jack-of-all-trades Cesar Tovar started 56 games there.
Rollins’ final season in Minnesota (1968) saw him relegated to the bench for all but 44 games, as Tovar became the primary 3rd baseman, and utility types like Frank Quilici and Ron Clark also getting some playing time.
After the ’68 season, Rich was selected by the Pilots, and began the season as the starting 3rd baseman. He started 39 of the first 62 games there, then took a seat on the bench for the rest of the season. The team used a fleet of utility players there (Gus Gil, John Kennedy, Ron Clark) before settling on Tommy Harper for the final 2 months of the season.
After playing only 14 games with the Brewers, Rollins was released in mid-May 1970. He was picked up on the same day by the Indians, and played 42 games (all but 4 as a pinch-hitter) over the remainder of his final season.
He played in 1002 games over his 10-year career.
Five years ago, I blogged about my Topps 1969 stamp collection here and here. It was on my 1968 blog because at the time, this 1969 blog was run by someone else.In those posts, I wondered:”I have 76 of these stamps from various teams, mostly Phillies,…
On today’s date in 1993 the World Series was just ending as a result of Joe Carter’s home run. The 2016 World Series starts on Tuesday.Here are a few cards from my collection that commemorate the event. Anyone have any other cards featuring Carter and …
Today is Alois Leiter’s birthday. Before today I had never know him as anything other than just Al, just like it says on the front of his 1988 Donruss rookie card.Today I found out that his first given name is Alois, thanks to the back of that same 198…
The first two games of this year’s Nippon Series have been played and so far it’s been all Carp. Hiroshima has won both games by identical scores of 5-1. The Series will resume on Tuesday in Sapporo.The TV coverage showed footage of previou…
Today is Jim Bunning’s 85th birthday. I hope he has a great day, not just because it’s his birthday, but because he recently suffered a stroke.Bunning had a tremendous baseball career that spanned from 1955 – 1971. The 9 time all-star pitched both a no…
The 2015 Diamond King set (manufactured by Panini) had an interesting checklist because they could freely mix retired players and current players without the MLB license. The checklist has 200 cards (the last 50 are rookies) with some interesting…