Wednesday, August 29, 2012
no. 87 - jack heidemann
Who is the man: Jack Heidemann was a 20-year-old rookie in 1970 and had just finished his first full season when this card was issued in 1971.
Can ya dig it: Quick! Which stadium is that? New York? Oakland? I'm just not old enough to guess these early '70s baseball backgrounds.
Right on: This is the fourth straight card with a player with a long last name. And the streak ends with the next card.
You see this cat Heidemann is a bad mother: He doesn't look "bad" at all on this card, and it's even worse when you turn the card over. But if you look at a later card, you can see that badness come out all over.
Shut your mouth: During the 1970 season, Heidemann went 5-for-5 in the first game of a doubleheader. In the second game, he went 0-for-4.
No one understands him but his woman: Heidemann was the youngest player on the Indians in 1970, which means he got left behind by his older teammates periodically. But Heidemann said he did get to hang out with them after the game, too.
(A word about the back): He looks positively Howdy-Doody-esque.
You can see Heidemann's 1970 stat line. He got 445 at-bats despite hitting .211 with little power. That's the way things were for the Indians in the '70s.