Friday, June 14, 2013

no. 185 - julian javier

Who is the man: Julian Javier was entering his final season with the Cardinals after 11 memorable years with the club.

Can ya dig it: This is the fifth of five straight Topps cards of Javier swinging a bat gleefully. Really. He looks positively jolly on all of them.

Right on: I had Javier's 1969 Topps card as a youngster and his glasses fascinated me. It was so rare to see a ballplayer -- an infielder at that -- with glasses.

You see this cat Javier is a bad mother: Javier was involved in an incident in the Dominican League in which he struck umpire Emmett Ashford in the face twice after being called out on strikes. Javier was suspended indefinitely, but it was later cut to three days, prompting Ashford to resign.

Shut your mouth: Javier wore the No. 6 all the way until he came to the Cardinals and was given No. 25. When someone hassled him for getting No. 25, Javier said, "I think somebody else on this club has got six." That somebody was Stan Musial.

No one understands him but his woman: Javier's wife, Ines, married one major leaguer and gave birth to another. Stan Javier was named after Stan Musial.

(A word about the back): Javier made just one pinch-running appearance in the 1964 World Series because of a hip injury. He fared much better in the 1967 and 1968 Series.

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