Friday, May 26, 2017

no. 663 - marv staehle

Who is the man: Marv Staehle was coming off, by far, his busiest season, appearing in 104 games for the Montreal Expos in 1970. That's 72 more games than he played in any other of his seven big-league seasons.

Can ya dig it: Well, here is one of the more memorable cap airbrushings in the entire set. Instead of making Staehle look like a ballplayer, he instead looks like he's delivering milk.

Right on: This is Staehle's only solo Topps card. He appears three times on two-player rookie stars cards, in 1965, 1966 and 1969. In only one of them is he wearing an actual, non-airbrushed cap (1965).

You see that cat Staehle was a bad mother: Staehle played in 1,239 games in the minors, compiling 1,286 hits and batting .286. He led the South Atlantic League in hitting in 1963 with a .337 average for Nashville.

Shut your mouth: Staehle remembers one at-bat in Nashville when he hit a foul ball down the third base line that sailed into the concession stand and hit a large mustard jar, splattering fans with mustard.

No one understands him but his woman: Staehle's final season was with the Braves. He and teammate Hank Aaron would walk to the ballpark together during road games. Imagine that.

(A word about the back): They didn't even dare airbrush an Atlanta logo on the cap. Odd.


  1. that is some professional airbrushing from topps

  2. I wonder how common it is to have more hits than games played.

    Also wonder how you pronounce his name. I always thought "stale" like bread.

  3. I thought it was "stall" like bathroom