Friday, December 30, 2016
no. 612 - indians rookie stars
Who is the man: Ted Ford and Steve Mingori enjoyed their first appearances in major league games in 1970, while Lou Camilli first appeared in the majors in 1969. All three players were stars on the Triple A Wichita Aeros team in 1970.
Can ya dig it: Chief Wahoo is photo-bombing Ford's picture.
Right on: Camilli may have appeared in the major leagues first, but he's the only one of the three here to never receive his own solo Topps card.
You see these rookies are bad mothers: "Cleveland Indians" and "bad-ass" do not go together in the 1970s.
Shut your mouth: Camilli, who played sparingly for the Indians from 1969-72 once said, "They ought to change our name to the Cleveland Light Company. We don't have anything but utility men."
No one understands him but his woman: Steve Mingori was a Leap Year Day baby, born on Feb. 29, 1944. He is one of only 13 major leaguers to be born on Feb. 29.
(A word about the back): We have every possible batting preference on the back of this card. Bats right, bats left and bats both.