Tuesday, October 10, 2017

no. 711 - larry stahl

Who is the man: Larry Stahl split the 1970 season between the Padres and the team's Triple A team in Salt Lake City.

Can ya dig it: The tarp is on the field and there is some sort of object on the mound.

Right on: It's another day at Shea.

You see that cat Stahl is a bad mother: Stahl went 2-for-4 for the Reds during the 1973 NLCS against the Mets. He appeared in four of the five games as a pinch-hitter each time.

Shut your mouth: Stahl was the batter who received a walk with two outs in the ninth inning, breaking up the perfect game bid by the Cubs' Milt Pappas in 1972. Umpire Bruce Froemming called a controversial ball four against Pappas, which upset Pappas for years. "I called Bruce Froemming every name you could think of," said Pappas, who did get his no-hitter one batter later.

No one understands him but his woman: Stahl's first appearance on a Topps card was a rookie stars card in the 1966 set while with the Kansas City A's. He didn't appear on another card until the 1969 Topps set despite playing in 124 games combined with the Mets in 1967 and 1968.

(A word about the back): Topps' habit of capitalizing extra base hits throughout much of the '70s is amusing to me.

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