Wednesday, September 2, 2015

no. 447 - cesar geronimo


Who is the man: Cesar Geronimo spent much of the 1970 season with the Astros' minor league team in Columbus, Ga. But he did manage 37 at-bats (in 47 games) with Houston.

Can ya dig it: My goodness, that's an epic bunting pose. He looks like he's going to bunt the cameraman off his feet. If there's such a thing as a bad-ass bunting pose, this is it.

Right on: This is not only Geronimo's rookie card but his only Topps card as a Houston Astro. He was traded after the '71 season in the Reds' big steal of a deal that also brought Joe Morgan and Jack Billingham to Cincinnati.

You see that cat Geronimo is a bad mother: Well, other than the fact his last name is "Geronimo," he won four straight Gold Gloves for the Reds.

Shut your mouth: Geronimo's foul liner in the first game of the 1972 NLCS led to the ejection of Reds manager Sparky Anderson. With two out and a runner on first in the fourth inning, Geronimo drilled a shot that hit first base umpire Ken Burkhardt, who immediately signaled foul. Anderson ran out of the dugout and argued with Burkhardt, kicking dirt on the ump, and was ejected.

No one understands him but his woman: Geronimo's home run in the eighth inning of Game 6 of the 1975 World Series chased starter Luis Tiant and gave the Reds a seemingly insurmountable lead of 6-3. But Bernie Carbo's three-run homer in the bottom of the inning tied the game and led to Carlton Fisk's famous game-winner in the 12th.


(A word about the back): I was surprised to see that Geronimo played in the Yankees' farm system. I never knew that.

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