Wednesday, March 2, 2016
no. 507 - george stone
Who is the man: George Stone was entering his third season in the Braves' starting rotation when this card was issued. Stone enjoyed his first full season in the rotation in 1970 after switching between the rotation and the bullpen in 1969.
Can ya dig it: Still liking those old Braves pinstripe uniforms.
Right on: Stone's 1971 card is similar to his 1970 card.
You see that cat Stone is a bad mother: Stone is remembered by Mets fans for his 1973 season. In his first year with the team, he won his final eight decisions, helping New York into the postseason.
Shut your mouth: In one of the more disputed World Series decisions of the '70s, Mets manager Yogi Berra passed over a well-rested Stone in order to start Tom Seaver on short rest for Game 6. The Mets were ahead 3-2 in the Series and Berra wanted to finish off the A's with his ace. But the A's beat Seaver and then won Game 7 to take the title. Years later, Berra insisted he had no regrets about his decision.
No one understands him but his woman: Stone was the first Louisana Tech player ever drafted by a major league team. He still holds several La Tech records.
(A word about the back): Stone's home run came against the Astros' Tom Griffin in the seventh inning of game Sept. 12, 1969 in Atlanta. The two-run homer put the Braves ahead 4-0 and it proved crucial as Atlanta ended up winning the game 4-3.