Monday, August 31, 2015

no. 446 - bobby bolin

Who is the man: Bobby Bolin came to the Red Sox in early September of 1970 in a trade with the Milwaukee Brewers. He pitched in just six games for Boston, but would be the Red Sox's most used pitcher in 1971.

Can ya dig it: It's pretty awesome that Topps was able to get a photo of Bolin in a Red Sox uniform even though he spent less than a month of the previous season with the team.

Right on: You can tell Bolin is a tall man (6-foot-4) from the photo angle.

You see that cat Bolin is a bad mother: Bolin finished second behind Bob Gibson in ERA for the 1968 season. Of course, Gibson recorded his famed 1.12 ERA that year. Bolin's was 1.99.

Shut your mouth: In high school, Bolin pitched four no-hitters in a row.

Nobody understands him but his woman: Bolin grew up a Brooklyn Dodgers fan and hated the Giants. So, of course, he signed with the Giants.

(A word about the back): Bolin's first four clubs were the Michigan City (Ind.) Whitecaps, the St. Cloud (Minn.) Rox, the Eugene (Ore.) Emeralds, and the Rio Grande Valley (Texas) Giants.

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