Wednesday, May 10, 2017

no. 657 - jose azcue

Who is the man: Jose Azcue had completed his second season with the Angels when this card was issued, appearing in 114 games for the Angels.

Can ya dig it: Azcue looks quite animated on this card, even happy. But the Angels wouldn't make him happy in 1971. Upset over the Angels' contract offer, Azcue sat out the entire 1971 season.

Right on: This is the final card of Azcue issued during his playing career.

You see that cat Azcue is a bad mother: Azcue led American League catchers in fielding percentage in 1967 and 1968. When he retired, his .992 percentage was second only to Elston Howard among catchers all-time. (Azcue is now 45th all-time).

Shut your mouth: Azcue was referred to as "Joe" on his Topps cards from 1962 through 1969.

No one understands him but his woman: Azcue lined into the first unassisted triple play in 41 years when Senators shortstop Ron Hansen made history on July 29, 1968.

(A word about the back): My attempt to find out how many catchers have caught at least two no-hitters, without spending an hour on research, has failed. One day when I have more free time I'll do the research and then no one will have to endure my same frustration.


  1. Wonder no more! According to Google, 60 catchers have caught two no hitters. Ron Hassey was one catcher that has caught two and both were perfect games! That's pretty much the only interesting bit of info I have.

  2. Ryan Hanigan caught both of Homer Bailey's. He's probably the last to catch 2 no-hitters.

  3. Carlos Ruiz and Jason Varitek have caught four each.

  4. that card is perfectly centered (kind of a rarity in the higher series?) and in very nice condition!