Wednesday, February 29, 2012
no. 22 - phil roof
Who is the man: Backup catcher Phil Roof arrived in Milwaukee in January of 1970 in a big swap with Oakland. After a little more than a year with the Brewers, he was shipped to Minnesota, where he spent six seasons.
Can ya dig it: Second straight card of a player with a devilish grin. This one doesn't seem as creepy as McGinn's. But Roof looks like he's up to something.
Right on: I like the action going on behind him. It almost has a dream-like quality.
You see this cat Roof is a bad mother: Roof played 16 years in the major leagues, despite a career batting average of .215. How'd he do it? Well, I could say it was the '60s and '70s and you could do stuff like that with catchers then. But I'll just say, "He was bad-ass, that's how."
Shut your mouth: Phil Roof appeared on a baseball card in 1982 even though his career ended five years earlier. Donruss mistakenly put Roof's name on his younger brother Gene Roof's card and didn't correct the error. I'm sure little brother was thrilled about that.
No one understands him but his woman: Roof was the first player acquired by the Toronto Blue Jays. He was acquired two weeks before the 1976 expansion draft. How do you explain that you're part of team that doesn't have any players yet?
(A word about the back): "Phil provided a number of game winning hits for the Brewers in 1970." He had 23 hits! He had to be the most clutch player in history.