Saturday, September 15, 2012

no. 93 - senators rookie stars

Who is the man: Norm McRae appeared in 19 games for the Tigers in 1970, his second season in the major leagues. He was part of the deal that sent Denny McLain from the Tigers to the Senators. Denny Riddleberger was an August deadline acquisition from the Pirates in 1970. He pitched in 8 games for the Senators, his first major league games.

Can ya dig it: McRae, who appears to have a Michael Strahan thing going in the dental department, is wearing a Tigers jersey.

Right on: Considering that Riddleberger didn't arrive with the Senators until Aug. 31, 1970, I'm impressed that Topps has him in a Senators cap. I'm wondering if that's a night shot. Sure is dark behind him.

You see these rookies are bad mothers: Sorry, they're rookies. Go fetch my equipment, rook.

Shut your mouth: McRae would never pitch in another major league game after this card was issued.

No one understands him but his woman: McRae continued his baseball career in the Mexican League, first as a pitcher and then as a manager. McRae was a Jersey boy. I'm assuming he picked up enough Spanish to be able to manage a Mexican League team.

(A word about the back): Riddleberger was one of those rare lefties who hit right-handed.