Friday, September 2, 2016
no. 571 - ted sizemore
Who is the man: Ted Sizemore was coming off an injury plagued sophomore season when this card was released. He batted .306, but in just 98 games in 1970, and was traded from the Dodgers to the Cardinals in the offseason for Richie (Dick) Allen.
Can ya dig it: Sizemore is actually wearing a Dodger uniform in this photo.
Right on: In four short years, Sizemore looked like this.
You see that cat Sizemore is a bad mother: Sizemore won the NL's Rookie of the Year Award in 1969.
Shut your mouth: In a well-noted interview released after stepping down as Cubs manager in September, 1979, Herman Franks criticized many of his former players, including Sizemore. "Sizemore's trouble always was his mouth," Franks said. "I can't tell you the number of times this season he came into my office to apologize for things he'd said that appeared in the newspaper."
No one understands him but his woman: Sizemore is one of 12 second basemen to hold the record for most errors in an inning with three. He is the most recent player to suffer the fate, on April 17, 1975 while playing for the Cardinals.
(A word about the back): I'm assuming "leading batter" is referring to batting average. Wes Parker had the highest average for the Dodgers in 1970 at .319. Sizemore followed at .306. But L.A. had four starters over .300 that year. Willie Davis and Manny Mota each batted .305.