Saturday, August 24, 2013
no. 205 - gerry moses
Who is the man: Gerry Moses, better known as "Jerry," spent his 1970 season with the Red Sox, but was traded to the Angels in October in the big Tony Conigliaro deal.
Can ya dig it: I'm thinking that Moses' signature here, "Gerald Moses," was why Topps referred to him as "Gerry" on his cards between 1969-74. But on his 1975 card, he signs it "Jerry Moses" and Topps switches to "Jerry."
Right on: Moses appears distressed either because of the airbrushed cap on his head or the fact that this is one of the first 1971 cards I ever owned and it's quite beat up. Really in need of an upgrade.
You see this cat Moses is a bad mother: Moses was a standout football player in high school and gave up football to play professional baseball. He was an All-Star in 1970 and saw Pete Rose bowl over Ray Fosse at home plate. Moses has said that because of his football mentality, Rose wouldn't be able to do to him what he did to Fosse.
Shut your mouth: Moses on Red Sox pitcher Bill Lee: "He was a little crazy, but he could pitch."
No one understands him but his woman: Even though the 1970 All-Star Game went 12 innings, Moses never got to play. Bill Freehan was voted in and then Fosse replaced Freehan. Moses sat the bench, even though his wife, mother and sister traveled to see him play.
(A word about the back): "Last winter." The trade happened on Oct. 11.