Friday, July 21, 2017

no. 683 - bill burbach

Who is the man: Bill Burbach pitched in just four major league games in 1970. He spent the majority of the year in Triple A Syracuse.

Can ya dig it: This is Burbach's final Topps card (he has just three and one is a three-player rookie stars card).

Right on: Burbach had already been dealt to the Orioles when this card appeared in packs.

You see this cat Burbach is a bad mother: Burbach was the Yankees' No. 1 draft choice in 1965, the franchise's first amateur draft pick ever.

Shut your mouth: I admit I had no idea who Burbach was when I first scanned this card. It was a surprise to even see the card in the set.

No one understands him but his woman: Burbach is the first pitcher to wear the No. 50 for the Yankees. Ralph Houk was the first player to wear the number, back in 1947.

(A word about the back): Burbach's shutout of the Tigers in 1969 came in the Yankees' 11th game of the season, the second game of a doubleheader on April 20th. He pitched a five-hitter and didn't surrender a hit until the fourth inning when Al Kaline hit a two-out single.

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