Saturday, April 14, 2012
no. 37 - rich mc kinney
Who is the man: Rich McKinney had just completed his rookie season with the White Sox in 1970. He played his first games ever at third base during that season.
Can ya dig it: Those three older fellars in the stands seem to be admiring McKinney's ... uh ... moves.
Right on: Rookie card! This is also the only card of McKinney's in which he is not airbrushed into a different uniform. His 1973 Topps card is particularly famous.
You see this cat McKinney is a bad mother: Baseball Digest compared McKinney to Hall of Famer Luke Appling when McKinney came up in 1970. That's about the only time that McKinney was considered a bad mother.
Shut your mouth: McKinney is perhaps most famous for committing four errors in one game while playing for the Yankees against the Red Sox in Fenway Park in 1972. Those four errors led to five unearned runs scoring.
No one understands him but his woman: McKinney was nicknamed "Orbit" by his teammates because of his aloof personality.
(A word about the back): Ah, high school and college highlights. The first refuge of the biographer of a .168 lifetime hitter.