Monday, March 28, 2016

no. 516 - ted kubiak

Who is the man: Ted Kubiak was coming off by far the most productive season of his 10-year major league career when this card was issued. He appeared in 158 games, one of only four seasons in which he reached 100 games played, and the second most was 121 games.

Can ya dig it: I enjoy Kubiak's swooping T signature.

Right on: Kubiak was probably a member of the Cardinals by the time this card was pulled out of packs. He was traded by the Brewers at the end of July in 1971.

You see that cat Kubiak is a bad mother: Kubiak received three World Series rings as a reserve for the Oakland A's during their 1972-74 run of world championships.

Shut your mouth: Kubiak spent 21 seasons as a manager in the Cleveland Indians organization. During the late 1990s, he was in Watertown, N.Y., and managed the team our newspaper covered. There was a little friction involved between Kubiak and the paper. Nothing major. Kubiak just didn't like the way we were asking questions, I guess.

No one understands him but his woman: Kubiak spent almost his entire career as a utility player. When the Padres renewed Kubiak's contract by cutting his salary in 1977, he walked out of camp at age 34 and never played again.

(A word about the back): The club mark for triples that Kubiak tied was initially set by Mike Hegan, who had six triples for the Seattle Pilots in 1969.

1 comment:

  1. Was still managing in the Indians' chain as late as 2014. Ironically, back in the New York-Penn League to boot. They now play in Ohio. The Watertown franchise moved to Staten Island and became in Staten Island Yankees in 1999, where they play now. Kubiak has changed his signature but it's still pretty cool. He seems like a nice enough guy but he has his own opinions and way of doing hings. I can see you guys running into friction with him fairly easily.