Thursday, June 20, 2013
no. 186 - bob spence
Who is the man: Bob Spence had just enjoyed the highlight season of his major league career. In 1970, he appeared in 46 games and gained 29 hits for a .223 batting average, all career highs.
Can ya dig it: This is the second straight card featured on this blog in which the player is wearing glasses. That can't happen too often.
Right on: Rookie card!
You see this cat Spence is a bad mother: Spence was the No. 1 draft pick of the White Sox in 1967, the fourth pick overall in the draft that year.
Shut your mouth: Spence was involved in a trade with another famous glasses-wearer, Lowell Palmer of the Phillies (although Palmer's choice of specs were shades). In 1971, the White Sox sent Spence and Donald Bolt to the Phillies for Palmer.
No one understands him but his woman: Spence has an expression on his face that seems to say, "I hope they don't find out I'm not really a major leaguer." Spence would play only 14 more games in the big leagues after this card came out. And it would be his only card.
(A word about the back): Somewhere between 1971 and now someone uncovered an additional at-bat for Spence during the 1970 season. He is now listed as having 130 at-bats and an average of .223.