Wednesday, January 25, 2017

no. 621 - ron bryant

Who is the man: Ron Bryant was coming off the most active season of his career to date. He appeared in 34 games, mostly in relief in 1970, posting a forgettable 4.78 ERA.

Can ya dig it: I'm pretty sure this photo was taken at Shea Stadium. I don't know what those twin spires in left field are, something to do with lighting I'm guessing. Perhaps the lights are cropped out.

Right on: Bryant is more formal with this signature than on a later card. In the '75 set, his signature reads "Ron Bear Bryant".

You see that cat Bryant is a bad mother: From out of nowhere, Bryant won 24 games for the Giants in 1973, finishing third in the NL Cy Young Award voting.

Shut your mouth: At age 27, Bryant announced his retirement from baseball on April 4, 1975. "It's a big relief to me to have made my decision now," he said. "I'm just not enjoying baseball anymore."

No one understands him but his woman: Bryant would bring a teddy bear to the ballpark, dressed in its own uniform, to sit on the bench.

(A word about the back): Ed Montague signed Willie Mays, who was playing for the Negro League's Birmingham Black Barons at the time.

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