Friday, June 28, 2013

no. 189 - george mitterwald

Who is the man: George Mitterwald had just enjoyed his first full season in the majors, appearing in 117 games for the Twins in 1970 and taking over the catching role from John Roseboro.

Can ya dig it: Amusingly, Mitterwald is positioned in the same pose for his 1970, 1971 and 1972 cards.

Right on: Out of those three, he looks the happiest on this card.

You see this cat Mitterwald is a bad mother: Before Dioner Navarro did it earlier this year, Mitterwald was the last Cubs catcher to hit three home runs in a game. And, according to this, he did it after partying a wee bit too much the night before.

Shut your mouth: I figured out on this post, that I'm apparently a leading authority on George Mitterwald baseball history. But really I'm not.

No one understands him but his woman: Mitterwald was the manager for Ila Borders, one of the first women to start a game in a men's professional baseball league, in 1997. Mitterwald moved Borders from the bullpen to the starting rotation and history was made.

(A word about the back): Mitterwald's 3-for-4 performance in Game 1 of the 1970 ALCS was all for naught as the Orioles scored seven runs in the fourth inning and won 10-6.


  1. That same pose is appropriate in his case because after all, you can't spell Mitterwald without MITT, which he proudly displays.

  2. This could be a stretch but it's remotely possible he posed that way because he was a CATCHER.

    1. Come on. They could have mixed it up a little bit.

  3. At least he's not in the early-1960's catcher's pose (looking up at a phantom pop-up).