Friday, September 22, 2017

no. 705 - dick selma

Who is the man: Dick Selma was coming off the best season of his career when this card was issued. Installed in the bullpen by his new team, Selma saved 22 games for the Phillies, fifth in the NL, and was second in appearances with 73.

Can ya dig it: I like those Phillies uniforms so much.

Right on: Has there ever been a study done on people who dot the I in their name with a circle?

You see that cat Selma is a bad mother: Selma started the first game in San Diego Padres history. He struck out 12 in a complete game, 2-1 victory over the Astros.

Shut your mouth: Selma was punched out by the Phillies' traveling secretary, Eddie Ferenz, a former minor league hockey player. Selma was harrassing Ferenz about a long-delayed plane trip to Newark, N.J. By the time the team arrived in Newark and baggage handling issues followed, Ferenz had enough of Selma's needling and knocked him cold in the airport.

No one understands him but his woman: Selma was popular with the Cubs' bleacher fans during his one season in Chicago in 1969. From the bullpen, he would lead the fans in raucous cheers.

(A word about the back): Selma did indeed record the last Phillies strike at Connie Mack Stadium, a ninth-inning whiff of the Expos' Jim Fairey. He also struck out at the plate to start the bottom of the 10th against the Expos' Howie Reed. But Selma got the win on Oscar Gamble's RBI single later that inning that scored Tim McCarver.

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