Wednesday, February 6, 2013
no. 142 - mack jones
Who is the man: Mack Jones was entering his final major league season when this card appeared in packs. He'd play in just 43 games for the Expos in 1971.
Can ya dig it: This is the last card issued of Jones during his career.
Right on: Dig the folks in the stands. They look like kids, but they're too far away to tell for sure.
You see this cat Jones is a bad mother: Jones delivered four hits in his very first game in 1961. Two of those hits came against Bob Gibson.
Shut your mouth: Jones is a 1960s slugger that you don't hear about often. He hit more than 20 home runs three times and hit 31 in 1965 for the Braves. He was part of a Braves team that year that featured six players who hit more than 20 home runs, which is pretty impressive considering how pitching-dominant the 1960s was.
No one understands him but his woman: Jones was selected second by the Expos -- after Manny Mota -- in the 1968 expansion draft. He was hugely popular in Montreal and called fans in Quebec, "the greatest baseball fans in the world."
(A word about the back): I like the nice round number of 3,000 career at-bats.