Monday, October 2, 2017

no. 708 - russ nagelson

Who is the man: Rusty Nagelson played in 45 games for the Indians and Tigers in 1970, the most playing time he'd enjoy in a single major league season.

Can ya dig it: That might be the most tilted background I've ever seen on a baseball card. The Yankee Stadium bleacher seats are at a 30 degree angle.

Right on: Nagelson's only solo card. He also appears on an Indians' two-player rookie card in the 1970 Topps set.

You see that cat Nagelson is a bad mother: Nagelson played on the 1966 Ohio State national champion baseball team. It's the last baseball team from the Big Ten to win an NCAA championship.

Shut your mouth: Nagelson was traded during the 1970 season for the player featured in the previous post, Fred Lasher. That's pretty neat.

No one understands him but his woman: When Nagelson was recruited by Ohio State, he was a star quarterback in high school. He wanted to be a quarterback at Ohio State. But Buckeyes football coach Woody Hayes said Nagelson would be a guard. Nagelson ended up playing baseball instead.

(A word about the back): Other major leaguers on that 1966 Ohio State team are Steve Arlin and Chuck Brinkman.

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