Tuesday, August 14, 2012
no. 81 - felix millan
Who is the man: Felix Millan was the Braves' starting second baseman, and he had just completed his most successful season in what was then a five-year major league career.
Can ya dig it: Millan is most known for how severely he choked up on the bat during his at-bats. But he wasn't featured by Topps with a bat in his hand until the 1970 set. And then not again until the 1976 set.
Right on: Is Millan pictured at Shea Stadium? It'd be appropriate as he was traded to the Mets in 1973.
You see this cat Millan is a bad mother: Millan got into a famous brawl with Pirates catcher Ed Ott in 1977. After Ott slid hard into Millan trying to break up a double play, Millan shouted at Ott and hit him with the baseball. It didn't turn out to be a smart bad-ass move because Ott drilled Millan to the ground, injuring his shoulder and ending his career.
Shut your mouth: What Ott was probably saying when he sent Millan to the turf.
No one understands him but his woman: Millan and the Mets lost to the A's in 7 games in the 1973 World Series. Millan still blames himself somewhat for the Mets' defeat, saying he didn't play well. Millan made a crucial error in Game 1 of the Series that led to two unearned runs and a 2-1 Mets loss.
(A word about the back): There's a mathematical error in Millan's write-up. Millan's lifetime batting average at the time was .284 and he hit .310 in 1970. That means he topped his lifetime batting average by 26 points, not 37.