Friday, January 4, 2013
no. 130 - denis menke
Who is the man: Denis Menke had just finished the last standout season of his 13-year major league career, reaching career highs in hits, RBIs, batting average and on-base percentage in 1970.
Can ya dig it: Love seeing the old-style choking up on the bat, especially a shortstop who drove in 92 runs the preceding year.
Right on: Looks like a pretty good crowd today.
You see this cat Menke is a bad mother: Menke is one of several shortstops who shares the record for participating in the most double plays in a game. He contributed to five double plays turned against the Giants in 1969.
Shut your mouth: Menke struggled between 1965-67 and was criticized by Braves general manager Paul Richards. Menke was dealt to the Astros after the 1967 season, along with Denny Lemaster for Sonny Jackson and Chuck Harrison. Menke proceeded to have some of his finest seasons with the Astros.
No one understands him but his woman: There is one "N" in his name. One. Don't put two in there.
(A word about the back): Nice wax stain there. I believe that's the first one we've come across here.