Monday, June 2, 2014
no. 296 - tom timmerman
Who is the man: Tom Timmerman was coming off the most notable season of his career when this card was issued. He saved 27 games in 61 appearances for the Tigers in just his second season.
Can ya dig it: Not a lot in this photo is still around. Tiger Stadium was demolished in 2009, that glorious scoreboard in the background disappeared long before that, and Timmerman ditched his black-rimmed glasses for his 1974 Topps card.
Right on: But good ol' Tom stuck with those frames for longer than most of his 1960s counterparts.
You see this cat Timmerman is a bad mother: Timmerman's save and appearance total in 1970 were both Tigers records.
Shut your mouth: Detroit sportswriters elected Timmerman the "Tiger of the Year" for the 1970 season, even though he fell off badly the final two months of the season and finished with a 4.11 ERA.
No one understands him but his woman: Timmerman didn't make his major league debut until he was 28 and was stuck in Triple A for more than five years. He even quit baseball after being sent down to Double A at age 25 before being talked into returning.
(A word about the back): Ah, remember fireman point totals? Rolaids Fireman Of The Year!