Thursday, January 25, 2018
no. 747 - rookie stars n.l. pitchers
Who is the man: Balor Moore was the only one of the three players on this card to make his MLB debut in 1970. But all three spent most of 1970 in the minors. Al Severinsen spent the entire year with Triple A Rochester while in the Orioles' chain. He came to the Padres in the deal that landed the O's pitcher Pat Dobson.
Can ya dig it: Severinsen is airbrushed from an Orioles cap (which he wore on a rookie stars card in the 1970 Topps set). That reddish brown thing is supposed to be Padres hat wear. It's so realistic it appears on Severinsen's baseball-reference page.
Right on: This is the N.L. version of the rookie pitchers card. We saw the A.L. version earlier.
You see these rookies are bad mothers: For the last time (really), they are not. They're just rookies.
Shut your mouth: Scipio Spinks is one of the classic baseball names of the 1970s. Spinks' father was also named Scipio and all of the first-born sons in the family had the name.
No one understands him but his woman: Moore was the first player drafted by the Expos in the 1969 MLB draft.
(A word about the back): Congratulations to me and happy birthday to Balor Moore. I am posting this card on his 67th birthday. This is always a goal of my set blogs.