Thursday, February 6, 2014

no. 259 - dave marshall

Who is the man: Dave Marshall spent his first season with the Mets in 1970 after being traded, along with pitcher Ray Sadecki, from the Giants in December 1969.

Can ya dig it: This photograph is off-center two different ways, but especially left to right. Weird cropping.

Right on: I wonder when the last time the "hands on knees" pose appeared on a baseball card? It's probably more recent than I'm figuring.

You see this cat Marshall is a bad mother: Marshall was a member of Topps' 1968 all-rookie team even with a modest 174 at-bats, 1 home run and a .264 batting average. But you can't take that giant trophy on his 1969 card away from him.

Shut your mouth: Marshall is one of those players that some say was the inspiration for the Sam Malone character in Cheers. Marshall apparently used to tend bar after his playing career. But most sources say Sam McDowell, who was known for his drinking problem, was the real inspiration.

No one understands him but his woman: Marshall has one of the most atrocious airbrushed cards in the 1973 Topps set. And there are a few of them in that set.

(A word about the back): Marshall's grand slam against his old teammates came in the first inning of that game and came against Gaylord Perry. Marshall allegedly told at least one reporter that Perry told him he hit a spitter.

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