Monday, July 23, 2012
no. 76 - ted savage
Who is the man: Ted Savage had arrived with his seventh team in eight seasons in 1970. He received more at-bats with the Brewers than with any team in any season since his rookie year with the Phillies in 1962.
Can ya dig it: I count six of Savage's teammates in the background. Savage looks like the only doing anything.
Right on: This is Savage's final Topps card. His last season would be in 1971, split between the Brewers and the Royals.
You see that cat Savage is a bad mother: Savage played nine major league seasons and managed to compete for eight different teams in that span. That's pretty impressive. Also, his last name is "Savage."
Shut your mouth: Savage has been referred to as a member of the Cardinals' 1967 World Series championship team. But Savage played just nine games for the Cardinals that year and was purchased by the Cubs on May 14, 1967. He never appears on a baseball card as a member of the Cardinals.
No one understands him but his woman: Savage was born Ephesian Savage, but his full name is listed as Theodore Edmund Savage. When the change? Why the change?
(A word about the back): The beginning of Savage's bio could be interpreted as bitter-sounding. "Getting a chance to play ..." Savage would reach 300 at-bats in a season just once.