Thursday, March 20, 2014

no. 274 - ron slocum

Who is the man: Ron Slocum was coming off his rookie season entering 1971. He played in 60 games as a backup infielder and hit .141. He'd play in only seven more games in his MLB career.

Can ya dig it: That "infield" position designation is spot on. In 1970, Slocum played 19 games at catcher, 17 at shortstop, 11 at third base and nine at second.

Right on: I never realized how severely miscut this card is until I scanned it. It took several tries to make it look halfway straight.

You see this cat Slocum is a bad mother: Slocum had played in just three major league games and gotten one at-bat, when the Padres started him at third base on Sept. 16, 1969. He went 2-for-4 and hit a two-run home run in the second inning against the Astros.

Shut your mouth: This is Slocum's only solo card (he appears on a three-player rookie stars card in the 1970 set).

No one understands him but his woman: There is not much notable information out there on Slocum. So here are a couple Sporting News file photos of him fielding and posing. Enjoy.

(A word about the back): That robust career .179 batting average would drop to .150 by the end of his career.

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