Hi, I’m Woodie Fryman! You may remember me from… pitching 18 years with the Pirates, Phillies, Tigers, Reds and Expos. In 1972, the Tigers picked up him on waivers from the Phillies and Fryman responded by going 10-3 with a 2.06 ERA to help the Tigers win the AL East. Over his career he was named to 2 All-Star teams, struck out 1,587, threw 4 one-hitters and 27 shutouts.
In 1976, Fryman… was on an Expos team that would lose 107 games and finish in last. Despite that, Fryman went 13-13 with a 3.37 ERA and was the Expos lone representative on the All-Star team. Fryman started in 32 of his 34 appearances; his two relief appearances resulted in saves. In December, 1976, Fryman and Dale Murray were traded to the Reds for Tony Perez and Will McEnaney.
I’ve seen it said… that Woodie is sitting in a bullpen cart, but that’s just plain ol’ wrong. Remember, this was the mid-1970’s. Bullpen carts were shaped like giant baseballs wearing team caps. I’d bet that this is a cart belonging to the grounds crew.
So… take your time… and tell me… Is it Shea? You bet your bippy.
Betcha didn’t know… Woodie Fryman didn’t start his pro career until he was 25, because he enjoyed being a tobacco farmer and the money was good enough to make him hesitate to leave it behind for baseball.
Cardboard History: Woodie’s rookie card was in 1966, but it wasn’t until 1970 that Topps realized that his name isn’t spelled “Woody”.