Tuesday, July 15, 2014
no. 309 - dick ellsworth
Who is the man: Dick Ellsworth pitched in 14 games for the Brewers after he was purchased from the Indians in August of 1970. His final major league season was in 1971.
Can ya dig it: I think it's fairly nifty that Topps produced a card of Ellsworth as a Brewer given his brief time with the club in 1970.
Right on: Final card of his career.
You see this cat Ellsworth is a bad mother: Ellsworth won 22 games for the Cubs in 1963, one year after he lost 20 games.
Shut your mouth: Three days after Ellsworth signed a contract with the Cubs right out of high school, Chicago manager Bob Scheffing decided to put him on the mound in the team's annual charity game against the White Sox. Ellsworth was supposed to pitch only an inning or two, but ended up throwing a complete-game four-hit shutout. "(Ellsworth is) ready to help us right now," Scheffing said after the game. "Can't say anything else until someone scores a run off him, can I?"
No one understands him but his woman: Ellsworth lost 22 games in 1966, setting franchise marks for most losses in a season by a left-hander, as well as most hits, runs and earned runs allowed.
(A word about the back): Two of Ellsworth's teammates on that high school team were future Reds pitcher Jim Maloney and future catcher and manager Pat Corrales.