Thursday, June 4, 2015
no. 418 - adolfo phillips
Who is the man: Adolfo Phillips played in 92 games for the Expos in 1970, batting .238. He would spend all of 1971 in the minor leagues and had just 12 more games in the majors.
Can ya dig it: Topps didn't list full names on the back of its cards in 1971, so Phillips provides it himself!
Right on: Final card!
You see that cat Phillips is a bad mother: Phillips hit four home runs in a Cubs doubleheader against the Mets in 1967.
Shut your mouth: Phillips had a world of talent that intrigued baseball men like Leo Durocher. The Cubs manager raved about Phillips when the Cubs acquired him from the Phillies in the deal that also netted Ferguson Jenkins in 1966. "This much I know," Durocher said, "Adolfo is the best center fielder the Cubs have had in a lot of years."
No one understands him but his woman: Phillips, who is from Panama, was accused of not giving his best effort several times during his career. A sensitive sort, Phillips underwent stomach surgery late in his career to take care of an ulcer.
(A word about the back): Phillips' birth year was listed as 1942 during his career and printed that way on his baseball cards, but it is now recorded as 1941.