Friday, November 4, 2016
no. 593 - jack aker
Who is the man: Jack Aker had completed his second strong bullpen season with the Yankees when this card was issued. He appeared in 41 games and posted a 2.06 ERA for the second straight year.
Can ya dig it: Aker has the honor of being the first super-high number card I obtained for the 1972 Topps set. But that's another set for another blog.
Right on: All I can think of is there are palm trees in the distance.
You see that cat Aker is a bad mother: Aker once held the record for most saves in a season when he recorded 32 for the Kansas City A's in 1966.
Shut your mouth: A's owner Charlie Finley made Aker available in the expansion draft in 1968 after the two got into several run-ins. Aker was the team's players union representative.
No one understands him but his woman: Aker's wife, Jane Charnin Aker, was one of the first female sportswriters to go into the locker room after major league games. She covered the Mets. She also won $250,000 on "Who Wants To Be A Millionaire" in which Jack makes an appearance.
(A word about the back): Interesting that the write-up gives Aker only 26 saves in 1966. I don't know if that's an error or if there was a different way of awarding saves at the time.