Thursday, August 31, 2017

no. 697 - rickey clark

Who is the man: Rickey Clark spent the whole 1970 season in the minor leagues. After making a breakthrough in 1967 in which he pitched in 32 games, Clark had barely played in the majors since 1968.

Can ya dig it: Clark is called "Rickey" here but he signed his name "Rick". Clark's full name is actually Rickey Charles Clark, but Topps would finally agree to "Rick" in the 1973 set.

Right on: This photo is a cropped version from the same photo shoot as Clark's 1970 Topps card. Probably just a frame or two off.

You see that cat Clark is a bad mother: Clark finished sixth in the American League in ERA his rookie season, posting a 2.59 in 1967.

Shut your mouth: Despite Clark being a regular in the Angels' rotation in 1967 and 1968, he did not appear in a Topps set until 1970.

No one understands him but his woman: Clark's 1970 card back reads that he pitched 7 no-hitters and 3 one-hitters in a single season as a 13-year-old in "amateur ball". I'm assuming that's Babe Ruth League baseball or something similar.

(A word about the back): This photo is either exactly the same as the photo on the front or a click off. It's as close as we've come anyway to having the front photo and back photo match up.

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