Thursday, October 6, 2016
no. 583 - ron cook
Who is the man: Ron Cook was in the middle of his second season in the majors when this card was issued. Unfortunately, it would be his last as he injure his rotator cuff during winter ball after his rookie year.
Can ya dig it: That's quite the stare by Cook. Kind of a cross between intense concentration and terror.
Right on: Rookie card!
You see that cat Cook is a bad mother: Cook went 4-for-17 at the plate during his rookie season. Two of those hits were triples.
Shut your mouth: Cook claimed that he picked off Lou Brock twice at first base in the same game in 1970. I can find no mention of this in the baseball-reference stats of the games between the Astros and Cardinals in 1970. There is one pick-off by Cook cited, but it's on Joe Torre.
No one understands him but his woman: When you know that Cook started his pro career as a hitter, the triples thing makes sense. He batted exclusively with the Class A Binghamton Triplets in the Yankees' organization in 1966 and spent the '67 season in the minors as both a hitter and pitcher.
(A word about the back): It seems odd, during the very pitching-heavy period of the late 1960s that a 3.11 ERA would lead all pitchers in Double A ball in 1969.