Friday, September 18, 2015
no. 453 - terry crowley
Who is the man: Terry Crowley was coming off his rookie year when this card was issued. He played in 83 games and batted .257 in 1970.
Can ya dig it: This card is commonly found miscut left-to-right. Mine's no different.
Right on: First solo card! (He's on the 1970 rookie stars card with Fred Beene).
You see that cat Crowley is a bad mother: Crowley finished his career ranked in the top 10 all-time in career pinch-hits.
Shut your mouth: Crowley wasn't very happy being known as an excellent pinch-hitter during his career. He felt he deserved to start. Manager Earl Weaver's response was: "Terry's got an awful lot of value as a pinch-hitter. You can't be too good at your job and that's his job." Of course that's more diplomatic than his response on the famed "Manager's Corner" when he said about Crowley, "If this c---sucker would mind his own business and let me manage the f---ing team, we'd be a lot better off."
No one understand him but his woman: The Orioles wanted Crowley to play winter ball after the 1970 season, but Crowley had three young kids at the time, so he decided to stay home and be a dad. He batted .174 in 1971.
(A word about the back): He did appear in the World Series. He grounded out in the ninth inning of Game 4. That was it.