Monday, July 3, 2017
no. 676 - tommie reynolds
Who is the man: Tommie Reynolds was in the midst of his second season with the Angels when this card was issued. He was purchased by the Angels in May of 1970 and played in 59 games for them that year.
Can ya dig it: Severely off-center card here. I can pick up a better copy for cheap and I should.
Right on: This is Reynolds' final Topps card even though he played in 45 games for the Angels in 1971 and 72 for the Brewers in 1972.
You see that cat Reynolds is a bad mother: Reynolds knocked in four runs while playing for the Kansas City A's against the Detroit Tigers on April 30, 1964. He hit a three-run home run off of the Tigers' Mickey Lolich in the first inning.
Shut your mouth: Reynolds' most famous card is his 1967 Topps card with the Mets in which there is a strange gap between his first and last name. The gap was explained through some research by famed card collector Keith Olbermann several years ago. Part of Reynolds' first name was likely erased because it was in error.
No one understands him but his woman: Reynolds was used as an emergency catcher for the Mets in 1967 during a game against the Dodgers on July 27 and it cost them. The Mets had already used John Sullivan as the starting catcher and then Jerry Grote, who pinch-ran for Sullivan in the seventh. Grote then was ejected from the game and Reynolds took Grote's spot behind the plate in the eighth for his only recorded major league catching appearance. The Dodgers won in the 11th inning when Nate Oliver scored from third on a passed ball by Reynolds.
(A word about the back): Floyd Robinson led the American League in doubles in 1962 with 45 and also drove in over 100 runs that year.