Friday, August 5, 2016

no. 561 - syd o'brien

Who is the man: Syd O'Brien played the 1970 season with the White Sox and enjoyed the most productive year of his four-year major league career, playing in 121 games.

Can ya dig it: O'Brien has just been entered into the contest for the largest blacked-out cap in the 1971 Topps set. That thing is the star of the show.

Right on: Even though O'Brien had his best season with the White Sox, he never appeared on a Topps card with them (other than the hint of a jersey he is wearing). He was traded to the Angels on Nov. 30, 1970.

You see that cat O'Brien is a bad mother: O'Brien was known for his flashy fielding style. He could range far to his right to backhand a ball and then leap into air to send the throw to first.

Shut your mouth: Red Sox manager Ralph Houk once said of Syd: "O'Brien could be one helluva ballplayer."

No one understands him but his woman: Even though O'Brien was a backup infielder his first major league season with Boston in 1969, he had his own fan club that continued to exist even after he was traded to the White Sox.

(A word about the back): Nice of Topps to get O'Brien's dad in there.


  1. Check the giant logo on the cap on the back picture. Topps knew they weren't good at that logo, look at the job on Fred Lasher's card.

  2. That's a sweet old school Angels cap, too. The 1970 White Sox were horrible. Their 106 losses were the most in franchise history.They hired Chuck Tanner as skipper in offseason and won 79 games as one of the feel-good stories of the year.