Tuesday, June 14, 2016

no. 542 - bob miller

Who is the man: Bob Miller had solidified his reputation as a peripatetic pitcher when this card was issued. He pitched for three team in 1970, the Indians, White Sox and the Cubs. And he wasn't even with the Cubs when this card was issued. The Cubs released him in May 1971 and the Padres signed him.

Can ya dig it: One of the majorly miscut cards that I own from this set. I believe this is one of the late-arriving cards when I was just trying to get the damn thing finished. I need to upgrade.

Right on: I am rather impressed that Miller is shown in a Cubs uniform, given that Chicago signed him at the start of September in 1970. That's the advantage of issuing a set in multiple series.

You see that cat Miller is a bad mother: Miller played for three World Series champions, the 1963 and 1965 Dodgers and the 1971 Pirates (after the Padres signed him, they traded him to the Pirates in August).

Shut your mouth: When Miller pitched for the expansion Mets in 1962, manager Casey Stengel couldn't remember his name. He would call Miller "Nelson," calling down to the bullpen to say, "get Nelson ready." He even introduced Miller as "Nelson."

No one understands him but his woman: Miller's 12 straight losses for the Mets to start the '62 season tied a major league record. It was later broken by another Mets pitcher, Anthony Young.

(A word about the back): You know it's a 1971 Topps back when the Legion ball highlights crowd out the World Series highlights.

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