Friday, February 13, 2015
no. 379 - wayne granger
Who is the man: Wayne Granger was a relief pitcher extraordinaire when this card was created. In 1970, he set a major league record for saves in a season (35), one year after setting an MLB mark for appearances in a season (90).
Can ya dig it: Granger appears to be saying "so you're a wise guy, eh?" out of the side of his mouth.
Right on: That's a nice look at Granger's three-quarters arm motion.
You see that cat Granger is a bad mother: Granger finished eighth in the Cy Young Award voting in 1970, which was pretty good for a relief pitcher back then.
Shut your mouth: Granger was known for his scrawny stature. Reds teammate Pete Rose said he looked like "a professional blood donor."
No one understands him but his woman: Granger gave up a grand slam to Orioles pitcher Dave McNally in the 1970 World Series. It's the only time a pitcher has done that -- both hit a grand slam in a Series and give up a grand slam to a pitcher in a Series.
(A word about the back): I wonder if collectors who know nothing about past baseball terminology read a card like this and wonder how a baseball pitcher could be a fireman, too.