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.


  1. looks like Tiger Stadium in the background.

  2. Ellsworth had some interesting cards during his career. His '66 card isn't him...it's actually Ken Hubbs. 1967 card, a hatless Cubs shot as he'd been traded to the Phillies His '68 card is a hatless Phillie pic as he'd been traded again, this time to the Red Sox...and the team name color is a different shade of red than other BoSox cards. '69 was another hatless Cub shot as he'd been dealt to the Indians early in that season; that card was a later series issue. His '70 card was another Cub shot, this one with the logo airbrushed out. I'm surprised that Topps didn't catch him in Yankee Stadium at all during the '69 season to take pics of him in an Indian uniform that could've been used in '70. At least his final card has him in the uniform of his then-current team.