Bobby Darwin… made his Major League debut as a 19-year-old Angels pitcher in 1962, got another cup off coffee with the Dodgers in 1969, but didn’t establish himself in the Majors until he was a 29-year-old outfielder in 1972. He had three seasons as a starting outfielder for the Twins before his numbers began to tail off. During those three seasons he had at least 80 RBI, but also lead the AL in strikeouts each year. From 1975 to 1977 he played for the Twins, Brewers, Red Sox and Cubs.
In 1976, Bobby Darwin… would appear in 25 games for the Brew Crew before being traded to the Red Sox. He batted just .179 for the Sox, setting the stage for 1977 when he would appear in only 15 Major League games before being released to end his career.
Betcha didn’t know… According to his 1977 Topps card, he was converted to an outfielder by Tommy Lasorda. If that’s true, then it’s pretty telling when a former pitcher says “Kid, I think you should give the outfield a try…”
SSPC vs. Topps: Topps showed Darwin with the Brewers, but it was an airbrushed photo. This might be the only baseball card which shows Bobby Darwin in an actual Brewers uniform.
I don’t know what it is about this card, but something about the up-close-and personal flash photography and the dark background just make it cool.