Thursday, May 7, 2015
no. 408 - rafael robles
Who is the man: Rafael Robles spent 143 games in the minor leagues in 1970, yet the 23 games he played for the Padres that year were good enough for him to get a card in the 1971 set.
Can ya dig it: This photo may have been taken in 1969 as I believe the patch Robles is featuring on his sleeve commemorates the 200th anniversary of the city of San Diego, which was in 1969.
Right on: This is the only solo card of Robles during his career. He's featured on two- and three-player rookie cards in the 1969 and 1970 sets, respectively.
You see that cat Robles is a bad mother: Robles was the first batter in San Diego Padres history. On April 8, 1969, he led off and reached on an error by Astros second baseman Joe Morgan. He proceeded to steal second base, but was stranded at third.
Shut your mouth: Robles' son is a rapper named Young Sosa.
No one understands him but his woman: Robles started the third triple play in Padres history. It happened in his final season in 1972 against the Cubs. Playing shortstop, he fielded a ground ball from Randy Hundley, tagged Carmen Fanzone coming from second base and threw to Derrel Thomas to force out Jose Cardenal at second. Thomas then threw to Nate Colbert at first base to get Hundley and complete the triple play.
(A word about the back): Those are not impressive stats.