Monday, April 13, 2015

no. 399 - jim french

Who is the man: Jim French played in a career-high 69 games for the Senators in 1970. With the exception of his 13-game .297 batting average as a rookie in 1965, the .211 that French hit in 1970 also was a career-high.

Can ya dig it: This is a terrific-looking card and probably one of the best-conditioned cards I own in this set.

Right on: This is the final card issued during French's career.

You see that cat French is a bad mother: French may not have hit for a high average but he knew how to get on base. According to SABR, French is one of 13 major league position players through 2007 who accumulated more walks than hits during their careers (minimum 100 at-bats). French totaled 121 walks and 119 hits.

Shut your mouth: After his career ended, French became a practicing lawyer. He received his degree from John Marshall Law School. Another baseball connection to John Marshall Law School: umpire Dan Bellino has a degree from the school.

No one understands him but his woman: French has three Topps cards (1969, 1970, 1971). He is in almost the exact same pose in all three cards.

(A word about the back): French appears to be harboring some tobacco in that photo.

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