Wednesday, August 5, 2015

no. 438 - mike mc cormick

Who is the man: Mike McCormick split the 1970 season between the Giants and the Yankees. He was traded in July of that season to New York for John Cumberland, who was featured earlier in the blog. The 1971 season, in which he pitched four games for the Royals, would be his last.

Can ya dig it: McCormick is posing in old Yankee Stadium. You can see the old scoreboard in the background, although McCormick's head is blocking the middle part, which rose up higher than the rest of the scoreboard and featured the Yankees' logo.

Right on: I still can't get over how nice ballplayers' handwriting was back then.

You see that cat McCormick is a bad mother: McCormick won the NL Cy Young Award in 1967 after winning 22 games in his first season with the Giants.

Shut your mouth: McCormick gave up Hank Aaron's 500th home run and is also credited with being the 500th MLB pitcher to hit a home run. That prompted McCormick to get a license plate that read "Mr. 500".

No one understands him but his woman: McCormick received a baseball card in the 1972 Topps set even though he didn't play beyond June of 1971. He signed with the Giants in early 1972, but he was never called by them that year. McCormick is featured as a Giant on his card with what I'm assuming is a photo from when he played for them from 1967-70.

(A word about the back): That's a monstrous ERA for 1970. No wonder Topps went way back to high school in the bio.

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