Friday, April 28, 2017
no. 653 - russ snyder
Who is the man: Russ Snyder played his final major league season in 1970, joining his fourth major league team for one year with the Brewers.
Can ya dig it: Snyder's follow through on his swing is similar to the pose on his 1967 card.
Right on: This is the final card of Snyder issued during his career.
You see that cat Snyder is a bad mother: Snyder played for the World Series champion Orioles in 1966 and led the American League in hitting at the All-Star break that year with a .347 average. He finished the season at .306.
Shut your mouth: Orioles manager Hank Bauer said of Snyder: "Nobody notices him until he beats their brains out."
No one understands him but his woman: Snyder was an exceptional fielder but is all but forgotten. His diving catch ended the game that clinched the 1966 pennant for Baltimore.
(A word about the back): The "two pinch-singles in one inning" is interesting. That is something that can no longer happen, only because official baseball records now credit a batter for only one pinch-hit appearance. If that player comes up again the same inning, he is considered batting for himself and is no longer a pinch-hitter.