Monday, February 29, 2016

no. 506 - bobby knoop

Who is the man: Bobby Knoop completed his second season as the White Sox's second baseman in 1970, but by the time this card was issued, he had been traded to the Royals.

Can ya dig it: Knoop, who would go on to be a longtime major league coach, appears to be in full coach mode in this photo, right down to pretending to bat with what appears to be a fungo bat.

Right on: Knoop may have the same bat on his 1970 Topps card.

You see that cat Knoop is a bad mother: Knoop won three straight Gold Gloves for the Angels from 1966-68 and teamed with shortstop Jim Fregosi on a Gold Glove keystone combo in 1960.

Shut your mouth: Knoop probably has had his name pronounced incorrectly as "Noop" or "Kah-noop" many times. But it's actually pronounced "Kah-nop."

No one understands him but his woman: Until Garret Anderson matched him, Knoop was the only player to be voted the Angels' most valuable player four times.

(A word about the back): I wonder if eight years between "first year in pro ball" and "first game in majors" is the longest so far in this set? I should have kept track, but I'm not going through 500 posts now.

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