Monday, January 4, 2016
no. 487 - paul schaal
Who is the man: Paul Schaal was coming off his first full season at third base for the Royals in 1970. He stepped in after Kansas City traded regular Joe Foy to the Mets in the deal that landed K.C. center fielder Amos Otis.
Can ya dig it: This is the seventh action-packed Royals card so far.
Right on: I don't know what that yellow figure is in the stands to the right. Possibly a vendor carrying something large? Just a guess.
You see that cat Schaal is a bad mother: Schaal was named to the Topps all-rookie team for his 1965 season with the Angels. He's sporting a rookie trophy on his 1966 card.
Shut your mouth: Schaal studied to be a chiropractor after his playing career. He was a practicing chiropractor for more than 30 years before retiring to Hawaii.
No one understands him but his woman: Schaal lasted in Kansas City until a slow start in 1974. A rookie named George Brett stepped in, and Schaal was shipped back to the Angels.
(A word about the back): I always wondered about these "greatest baseball thrills." Did they actually ask the guy? Sure, an inside-the-park home run in extra innings to win the game is definitely a thrill. But "greatest" is so subjective.