Monday, January 15, 2018

no. 743 - john o'donoghue

Who is the man: John O'Donoghue was in his final major league season when this card was issued. He was traded from the Brewers to the Expos in the middle of the 1970 season and pitched just nine games for Montreal.

Can ya dig it: That tree behind O'Donoghue is pretty creepy. It almost looks like it was pasted into the photo.

Right on: Look at that signature. I defy a modern baseball player to replicate that so you can read every letter.

You see that cat O'Donoghue is a bad mother: O'Donoghue was named an All-Star during a season in which he lost 18 games. That's tough to do. (He was pitching for the lowly Kansas City A's).

Shut your mouth: O'Donoghue is quoted in Jim Bouton's "Ball Four," as the two were Seattle Pilots teammates. When the team boarded the bus from the hotel to Yankee Stadium, O'Donoghue said, "Well, boys, here we start our tour of the funny farm." -- a reference to the streets of New York City.

No one understands him but his woman: O'Donoghue's son, also named John, pitched a season for one of his father's teams, the Orioles, in 1993. He pitched with a baseball card of his father in his pocket. I'm sure mom was proud.

 (A word about the back): One of his home runs was against Denny McLain.

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