Monday, October 15, 2012
no. 103 - rich severson
Who is the man: Rich Severson had just completed his rookie season with the Kansas City Royals, appearing in 77 games and batting .250. He played mostly at shortstop but some at second base.
Can ya dig it: Rookie card!
Right on: This is Severson's only card and he sure got a good one for it to be his only one. One of those great early action shots that you can find in 1971 Topps.
You see this cat Severson is a bad mother: Severson has a hand in another great card from the 1971 set. He isn't shown in the picture, but he sets up the photo, according to this account.
Shut your mouth: Severson comes from the same high school , Western High School in Anaheim, Calif., as two notable figures in sports history -- Andy Messersmith and Tiger Woods.
No one understands him but his woman: I'll say. I could find precious little information on Severson outside of his major and minor league statistics. Severson was out of the majors by 1971 and spent time in the Royals and Phillies minor league organizations until 1973.
(A word about the back): What's more distracting? The glowing write-up of Severson on his high school exploits, the arbitrary and unnecessary abbreviating of "fielding," or the distant figure just over Severson's right shoulder on his mug shot photo?