Friday, March 27, 2015
no. 394 - clay carroll
Who is the man: Clay Carroll maintained his reputation as one of the top relievers in baseball in 1970, not only posting a 2.60 ERA in 65 games, but shutting down the Orioles over four appearances and nine innings in the World Series.
Can ya dig it: Carroll is working over some tobacco in that photo. It's the second time in six cards that a player's featured a chaw.
Right on: Carroll was nicknamed "Hawk" because of his profile, but I've always thought he looked more like a gremlin.
You see that cat Carroll is a bad mother: Carroll saved 37 games in 1972, which was a major league single-season record at the time. It remained the National League record until Bruce Sutter broke it in 1984.
Shut your mouth: When Bob Gibson complained in '72 that pitching in the All-Star Game would interfere with his role in the Cardinals' starting rotation, Carroll reportedly told a Reds official, "give me the ball, I'll go 9."
No one understands him but his woman: Carroll's second wife, Frances, was shot and killed by his stepson. Carroll was injured in the shooting and the stepson is serving a life sentence.
(A word about the back): Geez, he hit a game-winning home run against Gibson, too? Gibson must hate this guy.