Monday, March 14, 2016
no. 511 - chris short
Who is the man: Chris Short was coming off his so-called comeback season when this card was issued. He missed almost the entire 1969 season due to back problems and gave the Phillies 36 starts in 1970, but he wasn't quite the same as he was from 1964-68.
Can ya dig it: This is one of my favorite cards in the set -- action shot with Pete Rose leading off second base and an Alpo dog food advertisement on the outfield wall.
Right on: The best part is the dog peering between Short's legs.
You see that cat Short is a bad mother: Short won 20 games for the Phillies in 1966, and won 19 and 18 games two other seasons.
Shut your mouth: Short struggled for the Phillies early in his career, once prompting manager Gene Mauch to say he'd trade him "for a bale of hay."
No one understands him but his woman: Short was called "Styles" by teammates because he wore mismatched clothes and carried them around in a brown paper bag.
(A word about the back): Short blew the National League's lead in the sixth inning of the 1964 All-Star Game, setting up Phillies teammate Johnny Callison's game-winning home run in the bottom of the 9th for the NL. Short fared better in the 1967 game, pitching two shutout innings (the 9th and 10th) in the NL's 15-inning victory.