Monday, June 22, 2015

no. 424 - roberto rodriquez

What a card: This is the first and only solo Topps card of Roberto Rodriguez. He spent his 1970 season with three different major league teams, pitching for the A's, Padres and Cubs.

Can ya dig it: Notice that Topps refers to Roberto as "Rodriquez," with a "Q". This, after he appeared on multi-player rookie stars cards in both the 1968 and 1969 sets as "Rodriguez," spelled with a "G".

Right on: Rodriguez didn't pitch for the Cubs until late June 1970. But there he is in a Cubs uniform. Good job, Topps.

You see that cat Rodriguez is a bad mother: Rodriguez pitched for a long time in the Venezuelan Professional Baseball League. He was the first pitcher in league history to achieve 50 career wins and 50 career saves.

Shut your mouth: Rodriguez didn't play in another major league game after this card was issued. He was in the Cubs' minor league system through 1974.

No one understands him but his woman: Rodriguez was nicknamed "Pluto," according to his wikipedia page. I could find no reason why.

(A word about the back): As a catcher for Daytona Beach in the Florida State League in 1963, Rodriguez batted a mere .173 in 133 at-bats.

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