Thursday, April 9, 2015

no. 398 - howie reed

Who is the man: Howie Reed was entering the final season of his 10-year major league career in 1971. He was coming off one of his most prolific seasons as he appeared in 57 games and compiled a 3.13 ERA.

Can ya dig it: I've mentioned this a few too many times to feel comfortable about it anymore, but Reed's eye color matches with his uniform.

Right on: Final card!

You see that cat Reed is a bad mother: Reed won 19 games in a season twice in Triple A, once for the Dodgers' farm team in Spokane in 1963 and the other time for the Astros' farm team in Oklahoma City in 1967.

Shut your mouth: Reed was known to pitch with a toothpick or Q-tip in the corner of his mouth.

No one understands him but his woman: Reed gave up a three-run home run to Twins pitcher Mudcat Grant in the 1965 World Series.

(A word about the back): I don't know if I'm reading the bio right. It reads to me that Reed threw 7 1/3 innings of no-hit ball in his first start. But when I look up that game, Reed gave up five hits and they were scattered through the game.


  1. Howie's photo on the back is one of my favorites in the set. Howie looks genuinely happy, and why not? He's a major league ballplayer and he's getting his picture taken for a baseball card. I would smile too.

  2. Maybe they meant no-run ball for 7 1/3 innings? The White Sox scored in the 8th.

  3. He bested Early Wynn in that game, the Cy Young award winner in the following year (1959), in front of 2,000 die hard White Sox fans on a Saturday afternoon in late September, the next to the last game of the season.