Monday, July 13, 2015
no. 431 - tom burgmeier
Who is the man: Tom Burgmeier, an original Kansas City Royal, had just completed his second season with the Royals, appearing in 41 games in 1970, all in relief.
Can ya dig it: I have no idea what that pattern in the top right corner is.
Right on: "Burgmeier" was entirely too close to "Burgermeister Meisterburger" when I was a kid.
You see that cat Burgmeier is a bad mother: Burgmeier set the Red Sox's lefty mark for saves in a season when he saved 24 games in 1978.
Shut your mouth: Bob Lemon once called Burgmeier the best fielding pitcher since Bobby Shantz, who won four straight Gold Gloves. Burgmeier never won a Gold Glove.
No one understands him but his woman: Burgmeier was signed by the brand new Houston Colt .45s in 1961. But after two seasons in the minors, the Colt .45s released him.
(A word about the back): "Chances Accepted" is a wonderfully formal and unnecessary phrase.