Friday, January 13, 2017

no. 617 - clay dalrymple

Who is the man: Clay Dalrymple was playing his final major league season when this card was issued. He played in just 13 games in 1970 after he suffered a broken ankle in a home plate collision near the end of June.

Can ya dig it: There is a Yoo-Hoo advertisement in the background. That's a nice spin on the usual Coca-Cola billboard.

Right on: The final card issued during Dalrymple's career.

You see that cat Dalrymple is a bad mother: Dalrymple threw out nearly half of all base stealers (49 percent) during his 12-year career. He led the league in the category in 1961 and 1967.

Shut your mouth: Dalrymple set a major league record for most consecutive errorless games between 1966-67 while with Philadelphia. But Phillies fans booed him so often because of his weak bat that Dalrymple eventually asked for a trade. He was accommodated in 1969 when the Phillies dealt him to the Orioles.

No one understands him but his woman: Dalrymple's first wife died of cancer at age 34 in 1972. She was diagnosed in 1970 the same year Dalrymple's Orioles won the Series.

(A word about the back): The consecutive chances without an error record is now 1,565 by the Cardinals' Mike Matheny between Aug. 2002 and Aug. 2004.


  1. Throwing out 49% on attempted stolen bases is impressive in any era!

  2. His three years with the Orioles correspond with the best years I had as a fan. I would have sworn he was with the Os for longer than that though.

    I never get tired of this set.