Tuesday, March 17, 2015

no. 390 - glenn beckert

Who is the man: Glenn Beckert had wrapped up another solid season as a member of the notoriously reliable Cubs infield in 1970. He was about to enter perhaps his most successful hitting season in '71, when he batted .342.

Can ya dig it: Look at that cute bear cub on Beckert's shoulder. No wonder fans get all goopy over their Cubs.

Right on: As you can see, this card is severely off-center, left-to-right. Apparently this happens a lot with the '71 Beckert.

You see that cat Beckert is a bad mother: Only three Cubs have played more games at second base than Beckert: Ryne Sandberg, Billy Herman and Johnny Evers.

Shut your mouth: Beckert was such an aggressive player, particularly in the field, that he was nicknamed "Bruno" by teammates, after wrestler Bruno Sammartino. Beckert would sometimes knock over fellow fielders in pursuit of the ball, taking them down like the wrestler.

No one understands him but his woman:  Beckert retired at a relatively early age in 1975 because of arthritis. It plagued him years into his retirement and he underwent seven operations after his career was over.

(A word about the back): Beckert returned to the All-Star Game in 1971 and 1972.

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