Monday, February 15, 2016

no. 501 - andy etchebarren

Who is the man: Andy Etchebarren was entering his fourth season platooning with Elrod Hendricks for the starting catcher position for the Orioles when this card was issued.

Can ya dig it: Terrific photo. One of the best. You can read everything but the "Etch" on the back of his uniform.

Right on: That's quite a cut for a career .235 hitter.

You see that cat Etchebarren is a bad mother: Etchebarren was known for his defensive prowess, including his ability to handle one of the best starting rotations in baseball history in the Orioles of the early 1970s.

Shut your mouth: Etchebarren's looks were often mocked by those in baseball. Broadcaster Joe Garagiola once said that Etchebarren might benefit from crashing into the screen at Yankee Stadium because "it might rearrange some of those parts."

No one understands him but his woman: Etchebarren was selected to back-to-back All-Star Games in 1966 and 1967 but didn't play in either game.

(A word about the back): OK, I'm piling on, but holy Wally Moon, Etchebarren belongs in the Eyebrow Hall of Fame.


  1. That IS a good looking card...

  2. Joe Garagiola (of all people) was commenting on someone else's looks?

  3. Topps could/should have come up with something more impressive than hitting .333 in a two game stretch - even if it was his debut.

  4. Andy homered off Sandy Koufax in the oldtimer's Cracker Jack all-star game sometime in the 80s