Monday, April 27, 2015

no. 404 - astros rookie stars

Who is the man: Buddy Harris and Roger Metzger both spent the great majority of the 1970 season in the minor leagues, Harris in the Astros organization and Metzger in the Cubs organization. Harris pitched in two games with the Astros and Metzger had two at-bats with the Cubs.

Can ya dig it: Metzger features that blacked-out cap 1971 Topps loved so much. But the blue bill says he's wearing a Cubs cap.

Right on: Topps correctly predicted Metzger as a rookie star. After he was traded to Houston for Hector Torres, Metzger proceeded to play in 150 games in 1971 and lead the National League with 11 triples. OK, his on-base percentage was .294.

You see these rookies are bad mothers: You just saw Metzger's OBP, no they ain't.

Shut your mouth: Buddy's real first name is "Walter".

No one understands him but his woman: After Metzger's playing career ended, he became a high school math teacher.

(A word about the back): Harris posted some mean ERA and strikeout totals in the minors, but he didn't play in the majors beyond 20 games in 1971. This is his only Topps card.

1 comment:

  1. It's interesting that Metzger is said to bat left. I always thought he was a switch hitter.