Wednesday, April 5, 2017

no. 646 - bobby floyd

Who is the man: This is Bobby Floyd's first card as a Kansas City Royal. The Orioles traded him to Kansas City to reaquire reliever Moe Drabowsky in mid-June of 1970.

Can ya dig it: This photo is almost dizzying. It's so tightly cropped and shot from an angle. Plus the card is diamond cut, which isn't helping matters.

Right on: "Infield" is correct. Floyd played regularly at second, short and third.

You see that cat Floyd is a bad mother: Floyd went 14-for-43 (.326) in his first at-bats for the Royals when he was called up to the majors in September 1970.

Shut your mouth: When Floyd was coaching for the Mets in 2004, his home in Port St. Lucie, Fla., was destroyed by Hurricane Frances.

No one understands him but his woman: Floyd fielded the ground ball that led to the final out of Orioles pitcher Jim Palmer's no-hitter on Aug. 13, 1969. Oakland's Larry Haney grounded to Floyd at shortstop, who flipped to second baseman Don Buford, who forced out the A's Tommie Reynolds for the final out. Reynolds had walked (Palmer walked three batters in the 9th to load the bases before Haney's groundout).

(A word about the back): Those are some paltry stats for 1970. Topps was really going for the all-inclusive set in the early '70s.

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