Monday, July 17, 2017

no. 681 - bill butler

Who is the man: Bill Butler was in his third year with the Royals when this card was issued. He was an original K.C. Royal and had been a member of the starting rotation in 1969 and 1970.

Can ya dig it: This is the first card in which Butler is wearing a non-airbrushed cap. He's airbrushed in a 3-player rookie card in the '69 Topps set and also airbrushed in the 1970 Topps set.

Right on: William F. Butler. That doesn't sound like a pitcher. More like a lawyer.

You see that cat Butler is a bad mother: Butler led the expansion Royals in strikeouts in 1969 with 156.

Shut your mouth: This is the final card of Butler until the 1975 Topps set. He bounced between the majors and minors from 1971-74.

No one understands him but his woman: This is the first of two Bill Butlers to player for the Royals. K.C. designated hitter Billy Butler is more well-known to younger fans and those who like big breakfasts.

 (A word about the back): Butler went 2-1 for the month of April in 1970. He appeared in five games and posted a 4.44 ERA in 26 1/3 innings. The Royals went 7-12 that month.

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