Thursday, August 13, 2015

no. 441 - milt pappas

Who is the man: Milt Pappas completed his first season with the Cubs in 1970 after being purchased from the Braves in June of that year. Pappas started the year miserably but ended up winning 10 games for the Cubs and would go on to back-to-back 17-win seasons with Chicago.

Can ya dig it: It looks like Pappas is warming up in the outfield.

Right on: The photo on this card is out of register. It's easy to tell by spotting the pink and green on the left-and-right borders.

You see that cat Pappas is a bad mother: Pappas was the first pitcher to win 200 games in his career while never winning 20 games in a single season. Several other pitchers have achieved that feat since Pappas retired in 1973.

Shut your mouth: Pappas famously complained about home plate umpire Bruce Froemming costing him a perfect game in 1972. Pappas pitched a no-hitter against the Padres that year, but his perfect game ended when he walked Larry Stahl with two out in the 9th after Froemming called two close pitches balls. Pappas continued to gripe about it years later, claiming Froemming deliberately undermined the perfect game.

No one understands him but his woman: Pappas' wife, Carole, disappeared in 1982 after leaving the house. Her car, with her body in it, was discovered at the bottom of a pond five years later. The cause of death was listed as drowning.

(A word about the back): Pappas went 0-1 with a 4.91 ERA in 11 innings in those three minor league games.

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