Tuesday, September 12, 2017

no. 701 - bob garibaldi

Who is the man: Bob Garibaldi played in the minors for the Giants' Triple A Phoenix team in 1970. He was traded to the Royals in October 1970. He never played a regular season game for K.C. He was dealt to the Padres in April 1971.

Can ya dig it: This is Garibaldi's final Topps card. He has just two, the other one also a high number in the 1970 set.

Right on: At a distance, say the player in the background in this photo, the Royals of this time period look like hospital orderlies.

You see that cat Garibaldi is a bad mother: Garibaldi was a college phenom who led Santa Clara University to the College World Series title in 1962. He was signed by the Giants for a record bonus of $150,000 and went straight to the majors.

Shut your mouth: Garibaldi had already played his final major league game when this card was issued.

No one understands him but his woman: Despite all of his accolades in the early '60s (this guy would have been all over Bowman cards if he was just starting out today), Garibaldi managed to pitch just 15 major league games over a 10-year period in pro ball.

(A word about the back): Another high-number player with no 1970 stats. But, I admit 20 complete games in one season in the minors is a bit impressive.

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