Tuesday, May 31, 2016

no. 537 - tom egan

Who is the man: Tom Egan spent the entire 1970 season with the Angels, but was traded on Nov. 30th, along with outfielder Jay Johnstone and pitcher Tom Bradley, to the White Sox for outfielder Ken Berry, infielder Syd O'Brien and pitcher Billy Wynne.

Can ya dig it: Egan is decked out in an Angels uniform in this photo.

Right on: Egan's sideburns are quite a bit longer here than on his 1970 Topps card.

You see that cat Egan is a bad mother: Egan hit two home runs off of the A's Catfish Hunter during the 1969 season. He hit just five total during the season.

Shut your mouth: Egan was beaned by the Tigers' Earl Wilson in 1969 and suffered a broken jaw. He never completely regained sight in his right eye after the incident.

No one understands him but his woman: Egan made his major league debut as an 18-year-old in 1965. He struck out to end the game.

(A word about the back): I'll venture a guess and say that Tom's greatest baseball thrill got an update when he caught Nolan Ryan's third career no-hitter in 1974.


  1. His 1974 Strat-o-matic Basic card had NO chances to get on base on it.

  2. Love this card. I wish it would have been a part of the Angels team set instead.

  3. For more information about Egan and how he caught Ryan's third no-hitter in the pitcher's last start of the 1974 season, see this link from the Society for American Baseball Research (SABR)